It didn't take long for things to go sideways in the Jimmy Butler-Philadelphia 76ers universe. Is anyone really surprised?
Only 24 games into the Butler era, brotherly love seems to be sorely lacking in Philly. According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Butler has been openly questioning coach Brett Brown's offensive system and his role in it. According to the report, the discourse during a recent film session in Portland became "disrespectful" and went beyond the customary friction that can sometimes occur between player and coach.
"The team should be concerned," a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report. "Brett has been the voice the last few years, and now Jimmy is making a scene. It's a problem."
When the Sixers acquired Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 12 in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-rounder, it seemed like a risk worth taking. It was time for the baby Sixers to grow up, and they needed a veteran star to complement Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
The forging of this Big Three, however, has been anything but smooth. Butler hasn't been the only one complaining about his role; Embiid has, too. After a 117-111 victory over the Pistons in early December, Embiid questioned why he wasn't getting many post touches since Butler entered the mix.