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Jimmy Butler on being called James: ‘I hate that [s—]!!!’

Brett Brown, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, center, talks to guard Jimmy Butler, right, and center Joel Embiid after a shoving match during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, April 20, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 112-108. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


76ers coach Brett Brown tried to compliment Jimmy Butler’s maturity by calling him “James Butler.” Butler wasn’t having it.

Big deal or no?

Butler brought up the erroneous moniker in an Instagram caption, which made it sound as if he were willing to kid about the mistake. But in comments to former Timberwolves teammate Tyus Jones, Butler sounded much more serious.



it’s Jimmy not James. 1-1. see you at the crib PHILA..


@jimmybutler you know I was crying when I seen coach call you that at the presser


@1tyus << family. you know how much I hate that [s—]!!!

I can’t say precisely how much Butler cares about Brown calling him James. But Butler made a name for himself from humble beginnings. He should take pride in that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this legitimately bothers him.

Brown clearly meant no harm. He was trying to praise Butler, and intent should matter.

But knowing a player well enough not to accidently offend him is part of coaching, too.