Former NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett, once the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves, called the current drama between the franchise and Jimmy Butler a “(expletive) storm up there” in an interview with The Athletic on Friday.
“What’s really the (expletive) storm is that can’t nobody keep (expletive) in practice,” Garnett said. “What goes on in practice should always stay in practice … Everything is so god (expletive) public now.”
Over the summer, Butler demanded a trade in talks with coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden. He missed the first two weeks of training camp and preseason games before returning to practice Wednesday — where he yelled at teammates and told ESPN “all my emotion came out at one time.”
Garnett, who played 14 seasons in Minnesota, said he understood Butler’s stance but ultimately thought Butler overestimated his value.
“I think both sides are a little delusional,” Garnett said. “I think Jimmy thinks his worth is a little more than what it is. He’s a very good player. I don’t see him on the (Kevin Durant) and LeBron (James) level. But if they are A-plus, he’s definitely A, A-minus. I don’t know if he had the power to come out and force a trade like this. … I don’t know if Jimmy has enough juice to be that.”
While Garnett said he also has a strong personality, he considered himself “a T-Wolf for life,” and said his behavior was always about improving the organization.
“I never requested a trade, because I viewed ‘Sota as mine,” he said. “You don’t think that I went crazy sometimes? Man, I was a damn Tasmanian devil. I would say (expletive) at (former GM Kevin) McHale. I would say (expletive) at (former coach) Flip (Saunders). But it was all to motivate all of us.”
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Source : https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/twolves/2018/10/12/kevin-garnett-jimmy-butler-minnesota-timberwolves-nba-practice-drama/1614682002/