mike76 wrote:One rumor Butler would like to dispel is the idea that he left Philadelphia because of tension with Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid. “I didn’t have a problem with either one of them,” he says. “Still talk to those dudes. I wish them the absolute best. A career of great health, make as much money as you can, win as many championships as you can. I did not have a problem with any of those guys. It just didn’t work the way that we wanted it to work. That’s life. Not everything pans out the way you want it to pan out. But you learn and you move on from it.”
https://www.si.com/nba/2020/02/28/jimmy-butler-miami-heat-nba-biggest-surpriseAccording to the same source the core players mostly liked and got along with Butler. This team insider did not suspect that retaining Butler would have impacted the ensuing contracts signed by Tobias Harris or Ben Simmons. “I think [the core players] were down to run it back. [The team] wanted to go another way.”
When pressed if there was any tension in the locker room that may have led to the Sixers decision to move on, the source suggested that there did exist some tension at times between Butler and the coaching staff, not between Butler and his teammates. “There was sometimes tension. [Butler] and the coaches, yes.”
Like dude, get out of your feelings and just bending reality to fit your agenda.
No tension between teammates?
So you mean Butler saying some of his teammates are not playing for the championship but for fame and fortune (who is he describing? tj Mcconnel?), Butler saying Ben does not have his and Embiid’s mental toughness and the report that Ben didn’t like Butler’s leadership when Jimmy texted him what not to do... were all a lie?
Why does Butler have tension with the coaches? Because the coaches does not want to diminished Ben’s role on offense. The same reason why Brett didn’t want Fultz, because he wants Ben to be our one and only perimeter playmaker (reported by Fultz trainer).
What does Butler want on offense? He wants ben to be at the dunker spot on halfcourt, while he runs pick and roll.
Think about it... sixers ain’t that stupid to pick a coach they’re looking to fire over Jimmy. Again.. if there’s a guy who maybe worth picking over Jimmy, it’s Ben.
I’m not saying Ben and Jimmy are in bad terms and Ben ask the team to not re-sign Jimmy.
But the team chose Ben over Jimmy, and this lead to not re-sign Jimmy.
They knew if Ben would rot beneath the dunker spot, at some point he will ask to be traded and honesly, we saw how it won’t work against bigger teams like the Bucks, Raptors and Lakers where they can put Siakam, Giannis ans AD on Ben Simmons and let those three play goalie on defense.