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Jimmy Butler more than ready for his debut with 76ers

Jimmy Butler more than ready for his debut with 76ers

The Sixers last went to the NBA Finals when Allen Iverson led them to it back in 2001. "I think I'm great at shooting the ball, moving without the ball". "If I need the ball, I'll go steal it, go the other end and lay it up".

Though his role and overall impact on his new team are not yet known, Butler has a desire to win and to do it with the Sixers. Tom Thibodeau had said in the past that the Wolves wanted to get a good deal for Butler, and while Covington and Saric are good players, there is a sense they could have done better.

"I said from the beginning: You always have to put the organization first", Thibodeau said.

Critics, often citing anonymous sources, called Butler a disruptive presence on a team. I just want him to go out there, play hard, be who he is, stick to his strengths and I know he's just going to thrive. "He's a superstar player so we're definitely looking forward to having those discussions, but we can't have those yet".

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Making a dramatic midseason addition like this comes with complications. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins weren't quite a fit for him, so it will be interesting to see if Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz fare any better. "But, other than that, basketball is basketball". "If it's a close game tonight, what are the one or two things we're going to do to play out of that environment?"

"The amusing part about it is all you hear is 'sources say, '" Butler said".

"I spoke to many of Jimmy's teammates, ex-coaches, management staff and what I got out of it was what he just alluded to", Brand said. And just expect it's going to be dripped in over a long period of time where he feels comfortable on both sides of the ball.

The 76ers will play their first game with Jimmy Butler at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday against the Magic in Orlando, and the team has revealed a few changes to its starting lineup. "So I'd say the past couple seasons is when everything started to click". The four-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA selection represents the big fish Philadelphia tried - and failed - to land in free agency the past two summers, and the one it clearly decided it wouldn't be able to get next summer, either.


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