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76ers' Butler 'disrespectful' in argument with coach Brown

07 January 2019
76ers' Butler 'disrespectful' in argument with coach Brown

Butler was moved early this National Basketball Association season to Philadelphia and early returns were good, but Butler's intensity and questioning Brown's coaching could spell trouble for the firey guard.

76ers shooting guard Jimmy Butler has challenged coach Brett Brown over his role in the team's offense, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

One specific instance occurred during Philly's recent road trip to Portland, when Butler called Brown out during a film session in what witnesses considered a "disrespectful" manner.

Less than two months after orchestrating a blockbuster trade which landed them star wing Jimmy Butler, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves in a precarious position.

However, Brown reportedly told sources that he had no issues with Butler in the film session.

A source close to Butler insists the star swingman's "intense, direct style" can sometimes come across as confrontational, but Wojnarowski and Shelburne report that the way he has carried himself has led to concerns about whether he can coexist with the team's core going forward.

The entire Sixers' season has been about building chemistry, and as Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid try to continue to grow with Butler, it's Brown's job to make sure everyone gets enough touches and is happy with their roles.

Right now the Philadelphia 76ers are 25-14 and hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The five-time All-Star can become a free agent this Summer, but Philadelphia remains committed to making the Big-3 of Butler, Embiid and Simmons work in the long-term.

Brown dismissed the report before Saturday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. Given how things headed in Minnesota and the fact that he's entering free agency, it seems like Butler would be giving more care to protecting his reputation.

"There's nobody trying to figure this out more than I am", Brown said.

"I felt an elbow on my face, and I kind of freaked out because that's my same face I had surgery on".