"Now, first of all, I have a for-real problem with authority."
Jimmy Butler recently made an appearance on teammate J.J. Redick's "The J.J. Redick Podcast" to discuss his fallout with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
During their discussion, Butler addressed when he demanded a trade, why he didn't play during the pre-season, and the infamous October practice session that led to the trade with Philadelphia.
Speaking of the practice, Butler says he has a "real problem with authority," and his fuse was lit once someone told him 'You're gonna practice.'
As Butler described to Redick (H/T The Ringer):
"It's not really heated [with Wolves management]. We're literally just talking, and then somebody says: 'You're gonna practice.' Now, first of all, I have a for-real problem with authority. When somebody’s telling me what to do as a grown man, I have a problem with it. So now you done lit the match, but ain’t nothin’ on fire yet. You just lit the match.
"I was like: 'First of all, you're not going to tell me what I’m gonna do. If I choose to practice, I'll choose to practice.' And I’m like: 'Nah, I don't know just yet.' And then he was like: 'No, you're gonna practice.' Now you’re getting that fire a little too close to me, so I’m like: 'Let me tell you something, if I'm going to practice, I'll come off the bench, like I’ll play with this second group if I want to as long as I’m out there in practice.' Boom.
"This person goes: 'No, you're gonna play with the starters.' There you go. You did got me now. No I'm not. I'm gonna play with the third-stringers, now what? I'm telling them I don't think it's a good idea to do it, because I know whenever I go in there, I'm trying to basically just prove a point."
Additionally, Butler confirmed that he did, in fact, dominant the practice as had been reported - but noted that he only shot the ball one time during the whole scrimmage.
The Sixers are 11-3 since acquiring Butler, who is averaging 19.8 points in Philly thus far. Through 28 games this season the Sixers are 19-9 and have won eight of their last 10.