Jimmy Butler Has 'Aggressively Challenged' 76ers Coach Brett Brown About His Role

Jimmy Butler'aggressively challenging Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown according to reports | NBA News

Jimmy Butler'aggressively challenging Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown according to reports | NBA News

Philadelphia acquired Butler in a November trade with the Timberwolves, hoping that the shooting guard could help their pursuit of winning a championship. Still, things have not been flawless in the City of Brotherly Love, and as a result, the team's newest acquisition is challenging aspects of the team's offense.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler challenged Brett Brown and his offensive system.

Brown reportedly downplayed the exchange to others in the organization, though, and a source close to Butler acknowledged to ESPN that the 29-year-old's intense, direct style can come off as combative. Nevertheless, the franchise's full focus and resources remain on making this new partnership work this season and beyond.

Brown, who signed a contract extension in the offseason, remains a popular figure with ownership and management.

Butler missed Friday's practice with an upper respiratory infection, according to reports.

Right now the Philadelphia 76ers are 25-14 and hold the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. He has reportedly met with Brown and Sixers GM Elton Brand privately to express some of his concerns.

Accustomed to typically being the primary option thanks to his previous two stints in Chicago and Minnesota, Butler has been forced to take somewhat of a backseat in Philly with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons also in the equation. The 76ers are now 11th in the National Basketball Association in offensive rating, and yes the team needs to find more ways to get Butler involved on offense, but that's going to take some time. That being said it's still very interesting that he would challenge the head coach about his role in the offense.

"We're coming together. We have a new opportunity".

There's always a feeling out period when acquiring a new player, especially in season. The team is now 15-6 with Butler in the lineup and they have a top-five offense since the trade.

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