Jimmy Butler has brought more drama to this NBA season than any other individual. His trade request and the resulting fallout has provided storyline after storyline.
In the Timberwolves’ loss to the Lakers last night, Butler did something even weirder.
Butler cut his hand, and because NBA players are not allowed to play while bleeding, there was a stoppage for Minnesota’s trainer to attend to the player. But Butler’s hand apparently kept bothering him, as he played – offensively and defensively, including on the ball against Brandon Ingram – with his hand down his shorts.
I love Butler’s competitiveness, but at a certain point, you’re probably only hurting your team by playing like that. Though maybe this says something about Butler’s confidence in his teammates.