Brown: Butler wasn’t disrespectful when questioning role
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown denied a report that Jimmy Butler was disrespectful while questioning his role in the offense.
A report published on Friday said that Butler recently challenged Brown in a disrespectful way and wants to be utilized differently in the coach’s offensive scheme.
Brown dismissed the report before Saturday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
“I didn’t feel like any of that crossed the line,” he said. “He’s vocal. He’s all in and he has opinions, but it’s instigated by me. None of this should surprise anybody. He’s got opinions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard.”
Butler was not available for comment. He did not play Saturday night due to an upper respiratory in- fection.
Philadelphia acquired Butler, a four-time All-Star, in November from Minnesota with an eye on making a run to the NBA championship. But meshing Butler with stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid hasn’t always been easy – which Brown acknowledged.
“There’s nobody trying to figure this out more than I am,” Brown said.
Butler’s contention is that he would like to be used more in pick-and-roll or isolation situations offensively, but those aren’t hallmarks of Brown’s offense.
“You can’t always win on your own terms,” Brown said.