After having a tense confrontation with head coach Brett Brown, Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler suggests that the heated conversation has brought out some good for the team.
Following a report from Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com that suggested Butler "aggressively challenged" his coach during a meeting, the All-Star guard explained his actions - and why it helped the 76ers as a whole.
"I don't think any part of it was confrontational, just a coach to player talk, a player to coach talk, Butler said, according to Serena Winters of NBC Sports. "It just happened to be in front of everybody. I think we got away from it great, and we got better as a team."
The 76ers have won their last three games and seven of their last 10 overall, so it's safe to say that Butler's argument with Brown hasn't exactly left a negative impact on the team. Philadelphia sits at 26-14 - fourth in the Eastern Conference and just three games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the first seed.
Butler's tense meeting with Brown made plenty of headlines for a variety of reasons. For one, he can enter free agency this offseason - though Wojnarowski reported after his trade to Philly that both sides were keen on working on an extension. The report by 'Woj' and Shelburne did outline that ownership still wants to retain Butler in order to keep the 'Big Three' of the the 29-year-old, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
For another, Butler made headlines when he got yelled at Minnesota Timberwolves GM Scott Layden during a practice while challenging his teammates. That was weeks before Butler was finally traded to Philadelphia.
Butler is averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 31 games this season.
What This Means
There appears to be nothing to worry about for 76ers fans, as Butler cautions the public that there's nothing to worry about. Philadelphia remains a favorite to win the Eastern Conference, and there aren't any indications that he wants to leave the team that only traded for his services two months ago.