Tom Thibodeau Rumors
It’s not a dream, Minnesota Timberwolves fans: Jimmy Butler has officially arrived. The Timberwolves tweeted a photo of Butler joined by coach Tom Thibodeau and GM Scott Layden after landing in Minnesota on Sunday. Butler showed up with a subtle look, sporting a white T-shirt, a football and a fanny pack around his waist.
But as much as Thibodeau likes LaVine and Dunn, he loves Jimmy Butler, whom he coached for four years in Chicago. Thibodeau’s pleasure to have Butler on his roster shined through hours after the Wolves acquired the all-star forward in a draft-night deal. “You’ll get to know him,” Thibodeau told media members Thursday, “and you’ll see what a great person he is, too.”
But if guys like Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins have any doubts about Thibodeau’s methods, all they need to do is look at Butler, who grew from the 30th pick in the draft to a bona fide top-15 player under Thibodeau’s guidance. “He’s a living, breathing example of Tom’s processes and Tom’s ways and the things that Tom won’t bend on, that they work,” Lee said. “Jimmy deserves all the credit in the world and more than people can realize, but he’s a living example (that) the things that Tom talks about on a daily basis can be successful if done and applied in the right way.”
Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau thought of a great way to reward the franchise’s sales staff that has been working hard selling ticket plans. On Friday, the day after the NBA Draft, Thibodeau happily brought everyone pizza.
While this soap opera was occurring, Thibodeau continued his policy of having a blackout when it came to the Wolves’ workouts of potential draft choices. Previously, this had been one way to get reporters and TV cameras to visit between the end of the regular season and the draft. The Wolves would work out two guys one day, another the next, and there would be a modest level of conversation over this in the media and perhaps the public. This was harmless fun for all, but it doesn’t fit Thibodeau’s egotistic view that he has no need to sell his product other than in the standings.