Mike D’Antoni, who coached Team Stephen, said Butler’s legs just weren’t there on Sunday night — even for an exhibition.
“He was tired and he just felt like his legs weren’t there,” D’Antoni said. “He didn’t practice yesterday or play today. You have to respect that. He plays hard. Sometimes your body just needs a rest.”
Butler reiterated as much after the game, saying he just needed rest. “Just rest, man. I got to rest my body,” he said. He also said he wants to be fully prepared for when games start up again.
Los Angeles: 1, Jimmy Butler: 0.
When I saw Jimmy Butler’s best buddy, Mark Wahlberg, walk out on Saturday night to judge the slam dunk contest dressed like he’s going out to a costume party as Marshall Mathers, I knew the two of them were about to have themselves a night.
This is what happens when you have the All-Star festivities in Los Angeles. I mean, look at James Harden. He could not hit a single jump shot in this game. He looked like Game 7 Harden when the Spurs put him in the torture chamber in the playoffs last season. Harden was not in a playoff game last night but I’m sure he was in the strip club the night before celebrating as if he had won the title.
Sure, there is a possibility that Jimmy Butler was legitimately tired and wanted the weekend off. He is currently leading the entire NBA in minutes per game because his head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tom Thibodeau, has no idea that he has 12 guys available on his roster.
But no. Butler was voted in as a starter for this game. If he wants the weekend off, he would at least start the game, play the first 5 minutes and then sit the remainder of the night. No, my man was chugging Pedialyte and texting his exes apologizing for all of the drunk voicemails he left on their phone.
DNP: Los Angeles
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