Jimmy Butler expresses no regrets ahead of game vs. T-Wolves
Jimmy Butler is set to face the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time since forcing a trade that sent him to the Philadelphia 76ers, and the superstar expressed no regrets of how things played out.
Butler penned an essay that was published Tuesday on The Undefeated, and the timing of which presumably had something to do with facing the T-Wolves on Tuesday night.
The overall theme of the essay is Butler’s aim to lead a regret-free life.
“When you start thinking too much about yesterday or tomorrow, you get lost, man. I don’t know a lot, but I can tell you for right now, I live my best life in today. One day at time, man,” Butler writes. “I don’t have regrets. There’s not too many things you can change, whether you do it out of anger, fear. I’m not going to regret it because it all plays a factor in who I am. It may play a factor in what people think of me as well, but I know who I am. I know where my heart is.”
To say Butler’s ultimate exodus out of Minnesota included some fairly ugly moments would be an understatement. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor later lamented the team “wasted some time” on the disgruntled Butler.
How the debacle was so thoroughly mishandled ultimately cost Tom Thibodeau his job with the team as well.
The fact that Butler is said to have already become something of a disruptive presence with the Sixers arguably makes his essay’s message two-fold.
“I’m not going to say that I think everything through thoroughly. No. But everybody makes mistakes,” Butler writes. “I don’t think I do anything to hurt anybody. Well, I don’t on purpose, I should say. I just don’t, man. I don’t regret anything. It makes me who I am. All the things that I’ve been through, all the things that I’ve learned, all the things I’ve messed up on, I’m not regretting any of it. I’m continuing to live my life.”
Tipoff between the Sixers and Timberwolves Wells Fargo Center comes at 7:00 ET.