Jimmy Butler has played with quite a few coaches during his time in the NBA and last night, he was asked to rank some of them in a way that certainly made him a tiny bit uncomfortable. To add some context here, Butler was on Instagram live with Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe, who asked him to play a game of "fuck, marry, kill" where he had to choose between three coaches: Brett Brown, Tom Thibodeau, and Erik Spoelstra."
Butler decided to go with a safer for work approach as he classified kill as "ghost," fuck as "Netflix and Chill," and he kept marry the same. As you can see from the video below, he ultimately chose to ghost Brett Brown of the Sixers, chill with Tom Thibodeau - formerly of the Timberwolves - and marries Erik Spoelstra, who is his current coach in Miami.
Based on these choices, it's apparent that Butler is going the safer, more political route. Thibodeau was one of the few coaches who understood Butler, while Spoelstra has had quite a bit of success in Miami. As for Brown, Butler's distaste for his offensive schemes are well-documented. It really shouldn't be surprising that he ghosted him.
As for this clip, we really wish the NBA would just come back already.
Erik Spoelstra Upset Over Jimmy Butler’s All-Star Snub: "It’s A Joke"
Butler’s absence was a shocking snub from the all-star lineup.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is not happy with Jimmy Butler’s all-star snub.
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According to ESPN, Spoelstra called it a “joke,” and said that the entire process is outdated.
“I just think it’s ridiculous that we’re still in these antiquated positions,” Spoelstra told reporters prior to Friday night’s 122-117 loss to the LA Clippers. “So who’s to say what position Jimmy is? Does it matter? I put him No. 2 on my [lineup] card. So I go Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, I go Bam [Adebayo] and then Meyers [Leonard]. But you could flip any one of those guys around. And in many ways he’s our point guard. So should he be in the All-Star Game as a point guard? I don’t know.”
“These are such antiquated labels that I feel like we’ve moved on from that years ago when we started talking about positionless [players]. But either way, regardless of how you want to label it or discuss it, Jimmy Butler should be a starter in this All-Star Game. It’s a joke that he’s not. Hopefully, this will change things in the future.”
Spoelstra wasn’t the only one to take issue with Butler’s absence. After the starters were announced, fans let their anger be known across Twitter.
The All-Star game is scheduled for February 16th at 8:00 PM.
Jimmy Butler Explains The Differences Between All Of His Coaches
Butler has some interesting revelations here.
Jimmy Butler is one of the most interesting players in all of basketball and is currently playing for the Miami Heat. Butler has already played for four different teams throughout his career including the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Philadelphia 76ers. The All-Star has played for some fairly big-name coaches over his career so you can imagine he has had to deal with multiple different styles.
In a recent interview, Butler recently opened up about three of his most infamous coaches: Tom Thibodeau, Erik Spoelstra, and Brett Brown. Based on his answer, it appears as though they are all incredibly different.
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“You talk about a guy who looks really, really calm, but he’ll cuss you out in a heartbeat,” Butler explained while taking about Spoelstra, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “I think that’s a huge difference. Thibs looked like he’ll cuss you out in a heartbeat. Brett Brown didn’t look like he would; he’s like a really nice guy. Spo looks like a really nice guy, right? Cuss your a– out so quick. I think that’s the biggest difference.”
Butler seems to have a ton of respect for his former coaches which is definitely good to see. Spoelstra and Butler’s partnership seems to be working out quite nicely these days especially with the team overachieving in the Eastern Conference right now.