Jimmy Butler sat out All-Star Game at own request
NBA.com Global on Feb 20, 2018 08:58 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves talks to the media during NBA All-Star Media Day as part of 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler was the only All-Star from either team who did not appear in Sunday night's (Monday, PHL time) showcase - at his own request.
After the game, Butler said he simply needed to prepare himself for the Wolves' stretch run.
"Just rest, man," Butler said. "I got to rest my body."
Butler told Team Stephen head coach Mike D'Antoni not to worry about playing him or incorporating him into the lineup.
"He was tired and he just felt like his legs weren’t there," Mike D’Antoni said. "He didn’t practice yesterday or play today. You have to respect that. He plays hard. Sometimes your body just needs a rest."
Butler played 19 minutes last year for the Eastern Conference, scoring six points on four shots. Two years ago, he missed the game due to injury.