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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Jan 08, 2019. 20 comments

Derrick Rose, Who Should Definitely Relax, To His Doubters: "Kill Yourself" [Update]

Derrick Rose, Who Should Definitely Relax, To His Doubters: "Kill Yourself" [Update]

In a press conference this afternoon, Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose twice told reporters that anyone who doubts his basketball ability should kill themselves. Per Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Chris Hine:

Rose, said “kill yourself” again later in the press conference, which ESPN’s Malika Andrews recorded.

“Like I said, for everybody that thinks I’m not gonna play the same way, kill...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jan 07, 2019. 12 comments

Timberwolves Get The Inevitable Done Early, Fire Tom Thibodeau 

Timberwolves Get The Inevitable Done Early, Fire Tom Thibodeau 

The Minnesota Timberwolves have fired head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski. Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will serve as the team’s interim head coach for the time being.

Ever since Thibodeau allowed the Jimmy Butler saga to metastasize earlier this season, the coach’s exit from Minnesota seemed less a...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Dec 12, 2018. 19 comments

Jimmy Butler: I Pooped On My Timberwolves Teammates Even Worse Than You Thought

Jimmy Butler: I Pooped On My Timberwolves Teammates Even Worse Than You Thought

New 76er and true cheesebutt  Jimmy Butler appeared on teammate JJ Redick’s podcast this week, where he discussed, among other things, the circumstances of his exit from the Timberwolves. That’s a terribly cursed sentence, given what it describes, but these are two provolone-ass individuals, before we even get to the word “podcast.” Here:

REDICK: It’s hard to put you in a box. It’s hard to put...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Nov 01, 2018. 11 comments

Who Needs Jimmy Butler When You've Got Uhh Derrick Rose

Who Needs Jimmy Butler When You've Got Uhh Derrick Rose

The Timberwolves held Jimmy Butler out of their Halloween home game against the Utah Jazz, for honestly who knows what reason . Shams says it’s part of “a six-week-long process aimed at getting the All-Star out of Minnesota.” Woj says it was for rest. Either way, the Jazz are tough customers, and sitting Butler seemed like waving the white flag. And then Derrick Rose—Derrick Rose!—took 31...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 26, 2018. 17 comments

Daryl Morey Is Daring Tom Thibodeau To Say No

Daryl Morey Is Daring Tom Thibodeau To Say No

Jimmy Butler’s trade demand has yet to be fulfilled at least in part due to a conflict of priorities inside the Timberwolves organization. Owner Glen Taylor reportedly favors a quick resolution and may be willing to trade Butler for players or picks with more long term than immediate value. Head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau is notoriously unwilling to give an inch on immediate...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Oct 15, 2018. 11 comments

Jimmy Butler Is Willing To Own The Villain Role Against The Team He Still Plays On

Jimmy Butler Is Willing To Own The Villain Role Against The Team He Still Plays On

After publicly demanding a trade from the Wolves right before the start of the regular season, Jimmy Butler has definitely burnt through a great deal of his popularity in Minnesota. But he’s prepared to face whatever welcome the fans are willing to give him during the team’s home opener against the Cavaliers on Friday, according to Jon Krawczynski.

Up until his absurdly dramatic return on...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Oct 14, 2018. 7 comments

Pat Riley Denies Calling Tom Thibodeau A Motherfucker And Takes Shot At Danny Ainge In Statement

Pat Riley Denies Calling Tom Thibodeau A Motherfucker And Takes Shot At Danny Ainge In Statement

Heat president Pat Riley released a statement on Friday denying that he ever called Tom Thibodeau a motherfucker during negotiations with the Timberwolves coach and president for disgruntled superstar Jimmy Butler .

The statement, released late Friday afternoon, reads:

“As to what has been reported in the past 24 hours, I have too much respect for Tom Thibodeau and all that he’s accomplished in...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 13, 2018. 16 comments

Tom Thibodeau Seems Pretty Okay With Jimmy Butler Taking A Doo-Doo On His Whole Team

Tom Thibodeau Seems Pretty Okay With Jimmy Butler Taking A Doo-Doo On His Whole Team

Jimmy Butler does not want to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s made this desire perfectly clear, first by demanding a trade and then by staging a media circus built on the one-two punch of humiliating his teammates in practice and then going on TV immediately afterwards to continue shitting on them . Now would definitely be a good time for Timberwolves head coach and president of...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Oct 12, 2018. 13 comments

Report: Pat Riley Called Tom Thibodeau A Motherfucker For Trying To Squeeze Him On A Jimmy Butler Trade

Report: Pat Riley Called Tom Thibodeau A Motherfucker For Trying To Squeeze Him On A Jimmy Butler Trade

It’s no secret that Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau does not want to trade the disgruntled Jimmy Butler, since sacrificing short-term success for long-term planning is not in his own best interests. But thanks to ESPN’s Jorge Sedano, we have a really good story about broken-down Butler trade talks that both reinforces how difficult Thibs is being and...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 11, 2018. 19 comments

Jimmy Butler Continues Trashing The Timberwolves And Karl-Anthony Towns In Post-Practice Interview

Jimmy Butler Continues Trashing The Timberwolves And Karl-Anthony Towns In Post-Practice Interview

The Minnesota Timberwolves are having such a bad day today. It started with Jimmy Butler showing up late to practice, subbing himself into five-on-five scrimmages, and taking a gigantic shit on basically every central figure in the organization —Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden, Andrew Wiggins, and especially Karl-Anthony Towns. It has since gotten worse!

Butler reportedly walked out of practice...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 10, 2018. 8 comments

Jimmy Butler Adds An Arbitrary Deadline To His Trade Demand

Jimmy Butler Adds An Arbitrary Deadline To His Trade Demand

Jimmy Butler, who has not practiced with the Timberwolves since September 25, still wants a trade out of Minnesota, and told head coach Tom Thibodeau as much on Monday, The Athletic reported today.

The Wolves better get it done by Friday—or else!

It’s unclear what the “else” is, but perhaps a Kawhi-style protest in the works. From the sounds of The Athletic’s report, Butler has been...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Sep 28, 2018. 12 comments

The Jimmy Butler Trade Saga Has Entered The Realm Of Farce

The Jimmy Butler Trade Saga Has Entered The Realm Of Farce

For a team that reportedly doesn’t actually want to trade disgruntled star Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves sure seem intent on wasting everybody’s time. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that Minnesota asked for Ben Simmons from Philadelphia, which is not ever a thing that’s going to happen. As you might expect, those particular trade talks, to which the Sixers presumably...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Sep 25, 2018. 14 comments

Thibs Is Still Working On Jimmy Butler

Thibs Is Still Working On Jimmy Butler

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is turning up the heat on Scott Layden and Tom Thibodeau to move quickly on a deal to move a disgruntled Jimmy Butler out of town. But that doesn’t mean Thibodeau is ready to abandon the zombie Bulls project just yet—according to Woj, Thibs is staying after Butler while he’s still got him under team control:

Thibs said Monday that he still expects Jimmy Butler...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Sep 22, 2018. 4 comments

Timberwolves Owner Is Willing To Trade Jimmy Butler Himself If Tom Thibodeau Won't

Timberwolves Owner Is Willing To Trade Jimmy Butler Himself If Tom Thibodeau Won't

About eight hours after reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves were rejecting any and all trade offers for four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, Woj went ahead and dropped another bomb on the timeline that showed just how dysfunctional the Timberwolves are.

Woj’s eventual story on the subject goes as far to say that Taylor was actively undermining the potential decisions of his team’s front...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Sep 22, 2018. 18 comments

Get That Weak Shit Out Of Tom Thibodeau's Face, Or He Might Just, Uh, Keep Jimmy Butler

Get That Weak Shit Out Of Tom Thibodeau's Face, Or He Might Just, Uh, Keep Jimmy Butler

The Minnesota meltdown continues, in dribs and drabs, and the framing of the latest Woj Bomb over at ESPN is extremely enjoyable. Just have a nibble from the first three grafs:

Rival executives lobbing calls to Minnesota’s front office on the possibility of trading for four-time All-Star forward Jimmy Butler are getting their inquiries rebuffed, league sources told ESPN.

In the aftermath of

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Sep 18, 2018. 19 comments

All Is Not Well In Minnesota

All Is Not Well In Minnesota

Jimmy Butler helped the Minnesota Timberwolves improve their win total by a whopping 16 games from the 2016-2017 season to last season. Playing with one of the NBA’s most promising young big men and surrounded by, umm, a familiar cast of playoff-tested veterans , it would seem that Butler has landed in a near ideal spot for the next phase of his career.

But Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Sep 12, 2018. 14 comments

Tom Thibodeau Continues Collecting The Ghosts Of The 2012 Chicago Bulls

Tom Thibodeau Continues Collecting The Ghosts Of The 2012 Chicago Bulls

Luol Deng reportedly agreed this week to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he will be reunited with head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached him for three plus seasons when both were in the Chicago Bulls organization. He will join Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Taj Gibson in Minnesota, reuniting a good chunk of the core of the 2012 Bulls, less like the Paladins of Voltron and more like the...

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Apr 27, 2018. 23 comments

Seriously, What The Hell Are The Minnesota Timberwolves Doing?

Seriously, What The Hell Are The Minnesota Timberwolves Doing?

In Game 1 of the Rockets-Timberwolves series, the eighth-seeded Wolves lost in no small part because they inexplicably froze their two best players, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, out of the offense . Game 2 was last night, and the Rockets won, 102-82. Here are some stats from that, courtesy of Basketball Reference:

Usage percentage, way over there on the right, is the one to make a...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Apr 15, 2018. 22 comments

The Minnesota Timberwolves Are In A Weird Place Right Now

The Minnesota Timberwolves Are In A Weird Place Right Now

As an increasingly hopeless Wizards fan, I feel qualified to say this to everyone who’d hoped the early season would look more promising for the young Minnesota Timberwolves: this is just sorta what happens when a team is rich in talent but poor in, you know, really knowing how to play good NBA basketball. There might be one player on Minnesota’s entire roster who has a first-hand idea what...

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Dec 17, 2017. 24 comments

Tom Thibodeau Is Destruction

Tom Thibodeau Is Destruction

In his stints as an associate head coach in Boston and head coach in Chicago, Tom Thibodeau made his name and his career with a set of genuinely smart and hugely influential defensive tactics, leveraging the NBA’s relaxed rules against zone defense to essentially eliminate what had been the dominant style of offense in the league to that point.

The thing a team—the Lakers, say—would do was,...

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