While both teams unexpectedly competed to the very end of Team LeBron’s 148-145 dramatic victory over Team Stephen in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler sat and watched it unfold all around him all night at Staples Center. Did he miss out? “No, I like it,” he said. “I like that competitive edge that everybody got. Everybody wanted to win. It makes me smile that everybody’s out there competing like that. That’s big time.” Butler chose not to play, the only player from either team who didn’t. He suggested in the weeks leading to Sunday that such a game isn’t suited for a guy built to defend and win. After the game, he said he simply needed to prepare himself for the Wolves’ stretch run these final 21 games. “Just rest, man,” Butler said. “I got to rest. I got to rest my body up. I know this Timberwolves season is very, very important to me. I’ve got to be ready to roll when I get back there.”
Butler sits out All-Star Game: 'I got to rest my body'
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 19