Lou Williams to Jimmy Butler over sitting out All-Star Game: ‘Serious bruh?’
Jimmy Butler opted to sit out of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, citing fatigue and the need for rest before the Minnesota Timberwolves continue their run at notching a playoff berth. One individual in particular took issue with Butler’s decision: Los Angeles Clippers star Lou Williams.
Butler was only an observer as a member of Stephen Curry’s squad as it lost to Team LeBron by a score of 148-145 in what was an enjoyable All-Star Game. Williams, who previously complained about being snubbed of a spot in the game, took to Twitter to directly question Butler over his decision not to play.
@JimmyButler u serious bruh? Lol
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) February 19, 2018
Butler cited the need to be fresh for the Minnesota’s final 21 games when explaining the decision to sit out the game. The T’Wolves (36-25) currently occupy the fourth seed in the loaded Western Conference, although the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers (30-26) — Williams’ squad, no less — only sit 3.5 games back.
“Just rest, man,” Butler said, via the Star Tribune. “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.”
It warrants mentioning that Butler is averaging 36.8 minutes per game, per ESPN, which is tied for fifth-most in the league. Although that’s hardly surprising given Butler’s productivity along with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau’s penchant for overplaying his starters.
It makes sense — at least from Butler’s perspective — to remain focused on the T’Wolves’ playoff push. However, it’s understandable a player like Williams — who conceivably could have taken Butler’s spot at the All-Star Game — is slightly put off by the Wolves star accepting an invite to the game and then deciding not to play.