Philadelphia coach Brett Brown:
This was James Butler. That was the adult in the gym
My name isn’t James. It literally is Jimmy.
Brown was trying to compliment Butler. Maybe Jimmy Butler III will focus on his coach’s intention and excuse the gaffe.
Either way, there will probably be no short-term effects. The 76ers are in the midst of a tight playoff series, and Butler – for all the drama he creates – is so good at locking into the task at hand.
However, when Butler hits unrestricted free agency this summer and evaluates his connection to Philadelphia… I don’t know. I really don’t know.