Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, who played with Butler in Chicago, said he did not think Wednesday's practice was out of the ordinary. He can be disruptive, but I don't know if he actually had the clout to come out and do that. He was famously traded to the Boston Celtics ahead of the 2007-08 season but had to be convinced to accept the deal. "I'm 'Sota for life. I don't know if Jimmy has enough juice to be that". "I built this house".
If the Wolves fail to get a deal done before the beginning of the regular season, Butler will most likely end up playing alongside the very players he accosted just days ago.
"I felt it was like a normal practice, but it was new for guys", Gibson said.
"The important thing is we have to do what we think is best for our team and we always will do that", Thibodeau said.
"What's really the s***-storm is that can't nobody keep s*** in practice?"
"We don't got no more time to be here saying, 'Aw, it's OK; it's preseason.' This momentum we're riding right now, this wave we're riding, it's not good". And what goes on between two conglomerates as businesses should always stay [private].
Asked if he was pleased with the practice, Thibodeau said: "You're never pleased with practice".
Perhaps it is now safe to say that the guys in Minnesota are not a fan of Butler's hard-hitting ways.
"We're not going to get into, you guys, for you, your job is the drama", he said.
Center Karl-Anthony Towns would not address what happened at that practice or whether a players' meeting was held Thursday. "I'm all for what Jimmy is trying to do over there".
George said he talked to Butler "a little bit" and that Butler's demonstrative behavior is "not coming from a bad place".