Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
The minor Tuesday night skirmish between Mason Plumlee and Jimmy Butler has gone from heated to silly in a hurry. After the Chicago Bulls defeated the Trail Blazers 93-88, Butler told reporters in the visiting locker room at the Moda Center that he was not happy about receiving a technical foul — and the accompanying $2,500 fine — and planned to ask Plumlee to cover the cost. “He cost me $2,500,” Butler told reporters. “I’m not happy about that. I’m going to ask him to pay me back — and I’m not playing.” The incident came with 4:17 left in a competitive game. During a Bulls offensive possession, Butler stepped near the free throw line to set a screen. Plumlee, who was charging in Butler’s direction, plowed through the screen and knocked Butler to the court.
Baxter Holmes: Lakers coach Byron Scott encourages patience for development of his team’s young players: “I know we want these guys to develop extremely fast — nobody [does] more than me. [But] I take [Portland Trail Blazers guard C. J.] McCollum as an example. It’s his third year. It takes time. I think everybody has to understand that. I don’t think a lot of people do, unfortunately. [D’Angelo Russell], it might be sometime toward the end of next season where he says, ‘Man, I’m starting to get it.’ Same thing with Julius [Randle]. We’re going to just be patient and keep working them the way we’ve been working them and try to bring them along.”