Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler had an aggressive meeting with head coach Brett Brown during a practice film session in Portland.
According to reports, Butler challenged Brown about his role in the Sixers offense, questioning both his role and the system Brown currently has the Sixers running.
Some witnesses described the scene as “disrespectful” and not something typically seen between a player and coach.
Despite these recent events, Sixers fans have no reason to panic.
Jimmy Butler is in an emotional blue-collar type of player. He takes his job seriously and it shows. While he may come off aggressive or combative at times, it is simply him trying to make his viewpoints clear.
Even Brown himself called the confrontation a non issue when addressing the situation Saturday, per the Bucks County Courier Times’ Tom Moore:
“As I’ve said to the team a moment ago, I’ve had many meetings with Jimmy. In the film session, I didn’t think it went over the line. If it did, I would’ve addressed it.”
Brown went on to say that Butler’s problem was that he felt the team was not using him enough in pick and roll situations.
Butler joined the Sixers back in mid November. Both he and the organization are still in the process of adjusting to one another.
During that adjustment process things are going to look ugly at times. Even though Jimmy has clashed with both the front office and management on teams before, the Sixers and Butler are still in the early process of their relationship. It is too soon to be scared.
They simply need time.
Jimmy is still ultimately in the Sixers long-term plan. The organization hopes that the trio of Embiid, Simmons and Butler can finally lead Philly back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2001.
The Sixers are more than prepared to do everything in their power to make that possible.