He spoke of the importance of earning the trust of his teammates with hard work and referenced his past trials and tribulations, which included he and his brother fending for themselves for a time when Dunn was nine years old and their mother was in and out of jail at times.
If you called it like we did, you heard his voicemail that tells anyone who has beef with him to leave a message.
"Chicago gave me an opportunity to play". He's chased excellence from the day he got in the league to where we are today, and I think that's a great example. He's one of the best two-way players.
"We have a great young core obviously with Karl and with Andrew, and we're excited to have Jimmy". You put me and him together and we're both preaching and teaching greatness and the techniques of everything.
Still, Butler averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The Timberwolves are now experiencing the longest active National Basketball Association playoff drought.
Thibodeau wouldn't look backward on his and Butler's forced exits from Chicago.
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The source who consults the administration agreed. "There's a video circulating now, whether it's accurate or not, I don't know". Acosta said. "You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman for the United States government".
Maybe all three of the assets the Bulls got back for Butler turn into stars.
Acquiring Jimmy Butler for a couple of young guards and a lower pick was a steal for Minnesota. The three-time WNBA champion Lynx have been sent to St. Paul this year while their Target Center home make-over and renovation continues.
"Everybody is going to get exhausted of Thibs' voice every now and again", Butler said, smiling. I think the Timberwolves have the foundation talent now to win 50 games a season for years to come.
Besides answering his critics, Butler intends to use his phone for recruiting purposes with the free agency period opening this weekend. I thought this would lead the team to try to deal IT4, and get their long-term point man from this loaded draft class.
"Jimmy is 27. He's just entering his prime", Thibodeau said. "Whatever relationships he has, if those players are looking for places to play, hopefully we'll have a good shot at them".
"When I came into this league as a kid - that's literally what I was - I didn't know what I was getting myself into", Butler said from the Mall of America outside Minneapolis.