Butler expected to play in Timberwolves' season opener
NBA.com Global on Oct 15, 2018 07:05 AM
FILE - 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 forward Jimmy Butler practiced with the team on Sunday and is expected to play in the Timberwolves' season opener on Wednesday, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.
Butler had been absent for most of training camp and the preseason after he requested a trade from the team in September. Despite weeks of trade rumors and speculation, it appears Butler will begin the regular season on the Timberwolves.
Butler spoke to the media after practice on Sunday. According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Butler was asked if he expects to be booed by the Timberwolves fans during the team's home opener on Friday.
"Sure. Go ahead, boo me," Butler said. "It ain't going to change the way I play. That's going to make me smile more. So please, come on with it."
Asked Jimmy Butler if he expects negative reaction on Friday (if he’s still here):— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) October 14, 2018
“Sure. Go ahead, boo me. It ain’t going to change the way I play. That’s going to make me smile more. So please, come on with it.”
The Timberwolves will play the Spurs in San Antonio for their season opener on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).