From: Las Vegas
ORIGINAL: David Levine
Yes, Towns has some work to do defensively and is still trying to master the nuances of being a leader as he prepares to enter Year 4, the final one before a five-year, $190-million contract kicks in.
But they show up to work every day. One missed game between them in seven combined seasons in this league. They always work to say the right things publicly.
To roll in like you own the place when you’re asking out? To hurl expletives at the head coach and GM, whether in jest or not, and then walk out of practice? Arrange a national television interview so you can take your beef to the streets?
It was no secret that Towns wasn’t particularly happy with Thibodeau or the organization this summer. There’s a reason he let that max contract offer sit unsigned until just before training camp. But he never said a word about it publicly, demurring the whole way.
Despite his brother’s little social media outburst, Wiggins has been nothing but complimentary of Butler and even said last week that he would welcome him back.
Thibodeau loves to say that words don’t mean anything, that a player’s actions are what matters most. And yet there was his beloved Butler, speaking in an interview about having the backs of his teammates, saying that if they fall to the court, "23 is gonna be there to pick you up," all while actively trying to get as far away from this team as fast as possible.
Former coach Stan Van Gundy went on SportsCenter and said that he talked to members of the organization who called it the best practice of the season for the energy that Butler brought to the table, a clear message of approval from Thibodeau and Layden.
"I know Thibs. He’s in there by himself, he locked his door and he’s smiling," Butler said. "He’s laughing. He’s like, ‘Yeah.’"
Butler smiled and chuckled while the whole world watched. This is what he wanted. He returned not to light a fire under his teammates or get them ready to take the court next week against San Antonio, but to find another way to get a message delivered to Thibodeau, Layden and Taylor.
Trade me now, or there’s more of the same on the way.
--Jon K and Shams
Well said David!
I just copied and pasted.