Jimmy Butler’s new team, the Philadelphia 76ers, demolished his old team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, by 42 points in their first meeting since November’s trade. Butler scored 19 of Philly’s 149 points — the most the franchise has scored in 29 years — in a game that clearly had a lot of meaning for him.
After the win, Butler posted this picture on Instagram, with the caption, “looking right through the past.. to the future!” In what’s surely not a coincidence, he chose a picture with his nemesis Andrew Wiggins in it.
Butler had a messy exit from Minnesota that included him requesting a trade, and, more memorably, orchestrating an expletive-laden practice where he beat the rest of the starters in a scrimmage with his third-string teammates. This is where he reportedly shouted, “You fucking need me,” to the team’s GM Scott Layden.
Seems like Jimmy Butler had a good time playing against his old team pic.twitter.com/TczGuoi3xk— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 16, 2019
Joel Embiid remembered that moment, and in an Embiid-ian way, referenced it directly in his Instagram post following the Wolves beatdown. He said, “It was an honor to be part of the 3rd stringers and get a win against real NBA starters #TheProcess.”
(Jimmy responded with laughing emojis.)
And the fans liked that post!
savage Jo is back ladies and gentlemen— mike s (@_mikeschmitt) January 16, 2019
This tweet just ended the Timberwolves season— EJB (@TheEJB15) January 16, 2019
Goats back— Go sixers (@TrustTheBurner) January 16, 2019
The overall reception of this game was mostly tame because it was played in Philadelphia, but the beef could turn to a whole other level when Butler returns to Minnesota on March 30.
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