Skip to main content

“He got the max dollars now so he's got to pull his panties up and play”

The source of all this drama in Minessotta is Butler's assessment that Wiggins and Towns are not championship caliber players. As both players are quite young, this is mostly an indictment on their mental makeup and attitude. They obviously have the physical attributes and the talent, but Jimmy saw something that made him want to bail on the two max players and we are seeing glimpses of it now.

Here are points per game from Towns so far: 16, 14, 17, 31, 12. What separates the fourth game from the rest of the season? That is the only game in which Jimmy Butler did not participate. The main criticism of Towns (and Wiggins) is a passive approach to the game. Towns especially was criticized for his performance in the playoffs last year, when he didn't want the ball and was easily pushed out of position in the post. Now he is deferring to Butler and is completely out of sync. Shaq and the guys on Inside the NBA (on TNT) don't like it

This doesn't mean Butler's reaction and performance before the season is justified. Leaders make their teammates better and some players just don't respond to a tough-love approach. There is more than one way to a championship and not everyone needs to be a Thibodeau/Butler kind of guy, but in a competitive environment, you have to be able to overcome issues and put your best foot forward when it gets tough.

So far, Karl-Anthony Towns is proving the critics right.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

How Ronny Turiaf overcame open heart surgery to get on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers

“They are gonna have to f***ing kill me” - How Ronny Turiaf overcame open heart surgery to get on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers

Turiaf’s physical showed that he needed to have open-heart surgery, and despite being told his career may be over, Turiaf battled and eventually made his way back on the court

Shawn-Kemp-min

Shawn Kemp on why he left the Sonics: 'They weren’t going to pay me $100 million'

In 1997, Shawn Kemp left the Sonics because he felt that he deserves to be paid more. He got the deal he wanted with the Cavs but he eventually lost his desire to play.

glen-rice-allan

Glen Rice lauds a Filipino basketball legend: 'He’s up there...You talk about the Larry Birds, Glen Rices, Steph Currys'

Filipino basketball legend Allan Caidic nailed 14 three-pointers in a friendly game with Glen Rice in 2010. A decade later, "G Money" was still in awe of what he had witnessed from his fellow marksman

shaq-o'neal-wilt-chamberlain-kareem-abdul-jabbar-min

"I took it to another level!"-Shaquille O'Neal thinks he was better than Wilt and Kareem

Shaq took inspiration from the great big men and passed them over, in his opinion.

Looming NBA free agency market gave Kyrie Irving a reality check
Play

Kyrie Irving had a reality check with the market

This all relates to the fundamental Kyrie Irving problem; he is unreliable, he doesn't seem fun to play with, and he has a history of bailing on teams. This was simply a reality check for the man operating outside reality.

Draymond Green calls out Skip Bayless in the latest "new media" rant

“People don’t wanna hear that old, dried up, tired stuff that you talking about” -- Draymond Green rips Skip Bayless

The idea of Draymond Green's "new media" movement is to lessen the power of the Steven A. Smiths and Skip Baylesses of the world

Draymond Green admits GSW wouldn’t have won in titles without Kevin Durant

Draymond Green admits GSW wouldn’t have won titles without Kevin Durant: "We would not have beat the Cavs without Kevin”

Draymond Green admits the Golden State Warriors needed Kevin Durant to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 and 2018.