Jimmy Butler’s frustration surfaced again as he gave a frank assessment of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ growing problems after the team fell to 4-8 with defeat at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Butler, who tried to accelerate a move away from the team ahead of the season and may still have trade possibilities before the deadline, admitted that Minnesota deserves the lowly position in the standings caused by its dismal run.
“I don’t believe in luck,” Butler said on Wednesday night. “I think everything happens for a reason. We played good, four games. We played bad, eight games.”
The Timberwolves have been under the spotlight since Butler’s trade request further exposed chemistry issues between him and fellow stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Wednesday’s 114-110 defeat at Staples Center was just the latest game in which Minnesota manufactured a chance at victory, only to carelessly let it up.