Brown: But­ler wasn’t dis­re­spect­ful when ques­tion­ing role

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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