Ryan Hollins: Jimmy Butler Is Not A Good Teammate

Butler is an "acquired taste," Hollins said, and someone who can divide a locker room

Tiki and Tierney
November 14, 2018 - 6:56 pm

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Jimmy Butler’s tenure in Chicago didn’t end well. His tenure in Minnesota really didn’t end well.

Perhaps the third time is a charm? Maybe?

“Jimmy Butler is not a great teammate,” former NBA player Ryan Hollins said on Tiki and Tierney. “We can safely see that from his actions, the things he’s said, the things that he’s done. He’s probably an acquired taste. I’m sure there’s a couple guys in that locker room that will ride or die for Jimmy Butler, but if you’re a guy on his bad side . . . the locker room kind of divides.”

Butler, no doubt, has talent. He’s averaged at least 20.0 points per game four years in a row. But he brings considerable baggage to the City of Brotherly Love.

Perhaps he’ll fare better going to a team with two established stars – as opposed to having to lead a team as the alpha.

“I think Philly is going to be a good fit for him,” Hollins said. “It’s a hard-nosed environment. You got two guys in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. If it goes down, they’ll fight Jimmy. A guy has to know that. If you got a problem with me, we’re going to figure it out. I’m not promoting violence by any means, but you kind of got to know that. You got to have that respect. Jimmy is a tough dude, bro. You got to expect that from him.”