Good morning, folks.
Welcome back to SportsCastr News.
This is your host, Matt Brooks.
I'm here today talking a little bit about Jimmy Butler.
Yes, Jimmy Butler.
What a surprise.
Doing a little bit of Miami heat related news, but really more so.
I want to talk a little bit about the stages of Jimmy Butler's career because there's been a lot of them, and I think he's a really interesting character.
Um, you know, you look at the guys on the other side of the playing field, LeBron James, who is basically a number one recruit since eternity.
Um, you have Anthony Davis, who's a point guard that hits a giant growth spurt, goes to college wins as a college freshman, which you really don't see very often ever.
I guess the comparison would be like Melo before that.
Um, and you basically have these two guys.
They're they're about as Harold is A as it gets.
Jimmy Butler is like Duncan Robinson on his new team, and I think that's kind of why these guys, you know, jelled together.
There are a bunch of underdogs.
They're a bunch of guys that people counted out.
You know Bam, for example.
I'm getting off on a tangent.
I promise I'm gonna get back to this.
But you know, bam, for example, he's, you know, kind of pegged as a a rim rolling center out of college.
And Tyler hero is, you know, maybe a three point shooter and maybe don't even stick in the league coming out of a pretty weak draft.
So he's basically just like those guys.
I think that's why they get along so well.
Um, he's an underdog.
He was homeless.
He Hey, we went to a junior college.
He was picked 30th and basically came into the league and barely played it first.
You know, I let me look up the stats, right.
I should have pulled this up, but his first season, like he barely plays it all.
And it's kind of hard to like I I and it's funny, like when you're comparing new players to Jimmy Butler.
It's always kind of a tough, you know.
It's hard to get a feel because he's got such a unique career, where he barely plays at all to start off his career kind of starts to make waves on some of those kind of early Tom Thibodeau teams.
Really? Maura's a defensive specialist.
Um, and then he really starts to enjoy some prosperity at the I believe it's the 2015 season.
2014 2015. I remember what it really happened.
Kind of live. Yeah.
This dude, Jimmy Butler.
He had some moments against LeBron James in the playoffs.
Um guarded him and held him to I believe it was 40% shooting. Sure.
Um, this guy started to show some, like, go to scoring shops.
All the stuff that we see from Jimmy today, you know, the ability to shoot for mid range, But moreover, the explosiveness to get to the basket.
And he just popped like he was one of those guys that I was like, Wow, this guy is incredibly fun to watch, you know, it was kind of the same time that Paul George was, you know, really kind of at the height.
Yeah, honestly, the height of his powers.
So you have these two wings kind of breaking out at the same time, and everything happens in in in Chicago The way it does.
They bring in rondo, they bring in Dwyane Wade.
That team flops pretty unceremoniously, and it's just was never a core that worked.
And Jimmy forces out.
He goes to Minnesota, which, for a package of Dario Sarich.
Um, no, my right about this.
I'm not right about the trade package.
Was Laurie marketing Zach Lavine and I believe they sent a first round pick back, which was Oh, it's his name.
I'm forgetting his name.
The center Justin patent.
So, yes, So they basically sent out this package.
Um, and you know, a lot of people are looking at this like, oh, man, like they got a steal.
And And to be truthful for that first four months of their very first season or his very first season in Minnesota, it was, um, they were on pace to win anywhere between 50 to 60 games.
They were a three seed.
Things were looking great.
Well, they were looking great on the outside looking in.
If you actually watch this team, they just didn't quite fit.
There were certain nights where I was like, Yeah, this I feel like this should be a little more fun to watch, but nonetheless, they were winning games, and, you know, Sometimes you just kind of have to look at the the I guess, the number or the winning percentage in the standings versus so much the product.
You know, it's not always gonna look perfect.
When you win games, it's just not.
But so basically he goes to Minnesota, Um, gets hurt and they just spiral.
I mean, it was like in their next 10 they maybe 12 games.
It was it was bad and and and they dropped down the standings.
They end up playing the Houston Rockets and Round One losing five.
They have one game because Derrick Rose goes off and that pretty much marked the beginning of the end for Jimmy Butler and Minnesota.
They have a couple of, uh I mean, at this point, I'm sure most of you guys know this part of the story.
Um, you know, they have there training camp.
Jimmy Butler has been once again very discontented the entire summer.
Um, mentions, you know, certain things that certain rumors come out that he's basically wants to trade the Timberwolves.
They're standing pat.
They're saying we're not going to trade you, Jimmy Butler, and then he has the whole tirade at the you know at their training camp.
Practice with the third stringers embarrasses the front office, embarrasses the coach who eventually is fired later and and and again as this as this headline says, right here, it stems from that.
He just didn't think Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins were winners.
Now, if you look at the season that they just had, I'm gonna be honest.
Jimmy Butler is taking the W on this one, you know, and this is just a organization that seems like they catered to these two number one overall picks, but in the worst way possible.
They didn't challenge these guys.
They didn't let them grow.
It's the reason why Karl Anthony Towns is not a good defender at all.
In fact, he's a giant liability on that end of the floor when he shouldn't be, um, you know, he's incredibly athletic player.
Yeah, he doesn't move great laterally, but he's still there is a world in which e mean they play him in drop coverage.
So, for you, the guys, for those that have been watching me here for a little while, you know a drop coverage is that's where you have the big all the way back near the basket, trying to prevent the lobs.
Um, there's no reason to do that with Karl Anthony Towns.
I actually think there's really an interesting player in in in his switch ability.
Yeah, I mean, the the lateral movement is a little troubling, but he's just so long that, like look, man like this guy was compared to Anthony Davis early on.
So anyways, these guys, they're still spiraling, you know? And they have this headline about Jared called next week.
I don't need to get too much into the Timberwolves, but it's a mess and he recognizes it.
He gets out of there.
Um, and this time this is the trade for Dario, Sarge, Robert Covington, basically based package.
And I believe Jared Bootless.
Um and he's he goes to Philadelphia.
This is a giant blockbuster trade.
Everybody's looking at feeling like, Wow, these guys were really gonna make a run this year after that impressive year, one of the the M B Simmons thing, and it once again feels a little awkward this time, for for other reasons.
It's it's the lack of shooting that those guys had that I think really doomed them, and I think that caused some unhappiness in the locker room.
It really started with Embiid, who just seemed like he didn't really want to be on the perimeter shooting threes.
Um, they don't run a Brett Brown didn't run a ton of pick and roll, which is kind of not great for Jimmy Butler.
I mean, he he's not a guy that necessarily want coming off a handoff or, you know he can isolate.
But he's at his best coming out of that pick and roll setting.
So they run this offense.
That doesn't make a ton of sense for him.
Once again, Jimmy Butler's unhappy.
That starts to leak out, and we have last summer and they basically pull off this sign and trade, which you don't see many of those.
Basically, Until last summer, when we had what, 34 of them.
I think you have the Brogden one with the first round pick or two first round picks.
I'm not sure, um, the next one for D'Angelo Russell and then this Jimmy Butler, one for for essentially Josh Richardson.
And you have these deals and, uh, and and he ends up in Miami.
We know exactly how that stories ended.
They've continued to go kind of the opposite way of basketball and and have built a roster that's going absolutely nowhere.
They've marginalized Joel Embiid.
They've, you know, really given Ben Simmons nothingto work with for someone like him who should be surrounded by shooters.
And now we have Jimmy Butler in Miami going to the finals.
Um, and I got I got to say, like if you look at every single one of these teams and there were so many narratives going around about him being, ah, bad locker room guy and somebody that isn't a great teammate You look at every single team that he's been Thio.
And if you honestly look at when Jimmy Butler left and this is not like a LeBron thing where Oh, he leaves and the team falls apart.
If you look at where they are, now that he's gone, they're in a way worse position and these air, like three of the worst franchises.
Maybe we'll say three of the worst 10 to play it safe in terms of like roster moves and and and just putting out a product that.
I think people are happy with these.
This This is like the bottom three right here.
Chicago has been an absolute mess.
They're starting to turn things around on Billy Donovan.
Higher. May may do that.
It seems like he's done some decent developmental work in O. K. C.
Um, coaches are always kind of hard to figure out.
So you have him and you have Chicago.
People were losing their minds over Gar packs.
They finally brought in the guy from the Nuggets, and we'll see how that works.
But that was a completely complete, complete disaster.
I had them is a playoff team last year.
Maybe it like an eight.
Well, I guess I probably have close.
There's a nine seed, but, you know, they were a fringe team to make the playoffs.
That didn't happen.
They were a disaster.
The Timberwolves are an unmitigated disaster that has never stopped giving.
I mean, it's something new every single week, and I'm just waiting for the rumor of Karl Anthony towns to request out, you know, and and they've tried to do what they can and bring in somebody like D. Angelo Russell.
Here they are, still catering, you know, to their stars, demands, and really putting out a package for D'Angelo Russell and that I didn't think was great.
I think they'll really miss that at first.
What could be a top three pick next year? S o.
They've done that, and then Philly is again a disaster.
It's a team based around to non shooting stars Al Horford, who's league average, and Tobias Harris, who's done none of the things that they want from him in terms of go to scoring and be able to close games up.
And Jimmy Willerson Pretty is on a perfectly balanced team.
They've got guys that can come off screens, guys that can come off handoffs, especially in Duncan Robinson on DSO.
And some of the guys that can come off those screens could do a little bit on the dribble.
Especially looking at Goran Dragic, whose yes, a little bit slower of a trigger to get into his jump shot.
And then Tyler hero, who has just been a revelation.
You have a center, that is what what, how how good is has banned been? Has he been the second best center in the playoffs because I would be pretty hard pressed to say Yes.
So they have him and it depends what you call Anthony Davis.
We'll call him a power forward for this exercise.
If we're including Anthony, Davis will say he's top three.
Still impressive nonetheless.
Bam, who's basically arisen from ah backup role last year and now become the star and all these other nice little pieces.
Iguodala who's got championship seasoning? Jae Crowder.
Who? Yeah, like you're gonna live or die a little bit with Jae Crowder.
But you still a solid player and has, like a nice base to defend and Jimmy Butler sitting pretty.
I don't know what's gonna happen to the Siri's, but I will say this.
I've made plenty of predictions, especially on my SportsCastr channel, which you confined.
SportsCastr back slash Matt Brooks.
You can see me talk in a lot more detail about this upcoming, eh? NBA Finals I sat down with my guy Adam are brick for yesterday's edition of SportsCastr News, and that was fun.
We previewed a little bit.
I definitely fleshed out some ideas live, and we had a pretty detailed discussion about this Finals.
Made some predictions.
I then carried that over to a full hour long special that I did for my show basketball and more.
Which is, of course, a SportsCastr featured broadcast.
Um, and we sat down for a whole hour with Harrison ***an, who who works for Silver Screen and Roll.
He's a reporter for the Lakers.
I believe for 6 to 7 years, so he's been doing it forever.
He was there at their media day yesterday.
We talked a little bit about the vibe of the team and then overall just made some again predictions for the Siri's.
So that was fun.
Go catch all of this at SportsCastr backslash Matt Brooks.
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And yeah, that's pretty much all I got for this episode of SportsCastr News hope you all enjoyed.
Um, Jimmy Butler.
Very interesting career.
Had a lot of highs and lows.
And right now we're enjoying probably the biggest high of his career, and you can't help but just be happy for him.
I'll see you guys next time.