Kobe Bryant de­fends Jimmy But­ler's con­fronta­tional Wolves prac­tice

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Los An­ge­les Lak­ers le­gend Kobe Bryant is no stranger to fiery com­pe­ti­tion, so nat­u­rally he came to the de­fense of the new­est mem­ber of the Philadel­phia 76ers: Jimmy But­ler.

But­ler has been all over the news since he asked for the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves to trade him in Septem­ber. Dur­ing an early prac­tice, But­ler even cursed out team­mates af­ter ques­tion­ing their com­pet­i­tive edge.

If that sounded like some­thing that Kobe would’ve done, it’s be­cause it is some­thing Kobe did. And in an in­ter­view on Barstool’s The Corp pod­cast with Alex Ro­driguez and Dan Katz, Bryant de­fended But­ler.

“I think most of my teams would just call it a Mon­day,” Bryant said. “They’d just call it a Mon­day; it’s just a reg­u­lar prac­tice.”

Kobe talks about prac­tice

Bryant is never one to shy away from shar­ing his opin­ion, and he was happy to fur­ther dis­cuss his com­pet­i­tive spirit. Bryant cred­its that edge in part for his five cham­pi­onships, all of which were un­der head coach Phil Jack­son.

“Prac­tices are meant to be com­pet­i­tive. They’re meant to be com­pet­i­tive,” Bryant added. “If your prac­tices aren’t more com­pet­i­tive than the games them­selves, you’re do­ing the wrong thing. Most of these teams and coaches have got­ten into a mind­set of rest­ing play­ers. ‘It’s too much, we’re not go­ing to prac­tice. Light day, light day, light day.’Phil never gave us a light day. There’s no days off. You show up and you work. You prac­tice. And prac­tices are go­ing to be worse. They’re go­ing to be phys­i­cal, there’s go­ing to be more trash talk­ing, and I’m go­ing to let you know. If you didn’t show up to­day, I’m go­ing to let you know. It’s go­ing to be em­bar­rass­ing, you’re go­ing to hate it, but when Game 7 rolls around of the NBA Fi­nals, you will be pre­pared.”

More Kobe con­nec­tions with the 76ers

Bryant isn’t only in the news with the 76ers be­cause of his com­ments on But­ler, he also has a con­nec­tion with em­bat­tled for­mer No. 1 over­all pick Markelle Fultz.

Since Fultz has been di­ag­nosed with tho­racic out­let syn­drome, the Six­ers will have him work with renowned phys­i­cal ther­a­pist Dr. Judy Seto. A for­mer Lak­ers em­ployee, Seto worked heav­ily with Bryant on his pregame prepa­ra­tion and also worked with cur­rent 76ers GM El­ton Brand.

Seto got the nick­name “Se­cret Weapon” from Bryant, so per­haps she can help Fultz fix his shoot­ing woes and get back to full health.

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