Just when you thought we had all moved on from the Jimmy Butler drama with the Minnesota Timberwolves is gets drummed up again, this time thanks to University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari.
Coach Cal had a discussion with ESPN's Jackie MacMullan in which he claimed that Butler had bullied his former player Karl Anthony Towns throughout the pair's time in Minnesota.
"I bet that environment was so uncomfortable for him," Calipari told MacMullan. "First of all, he and Jimmy are totally different people -- how they were brought up, their likes and dislikes, how they approach competition. You have one guy on this side and one guy on the other side. There was a dogfight, and Karl's not one to get into that. So, he stepped back,"
And then Jimmy Butler commented back...
"I don't think bully is a good word. I tell it how it is," Butler said last week. "He can call me a bully, but when [Calipari] sees me, I'm gonna confront him about it. If I'm a bully, I'm gonna bully him, too. I'll tell him how I feel, just like I'd tell anyone else. I don't care if he's some big head coach. I'm not bullying nobody. I'm just keeping it real. Some of these guys aren't used to it. When you have as much talent as [Karl] has had throughout his life, guys don't keep it real with him. I do."
While Towns has stayed out of the issue for the most part it sounds like it was another former Coach Cal player Derrick Rose who helped KAT through the ordeal with Butler. Calipari shared that it was Derrick would helped Karl deal with Jimmy.
So the drama continues and funny enough, it all surrounds Jimmy Butler right in the center.