Jimmy Butler Has Challenged Brett Brown Over His Role in 76ers Offense


Addressing recent reports of Jimmy Butler questioning his role within Brett Brown's offense, Brown stated that he didn't feel Butler's objections were raised in a disrespectful manner.

Bringing together the complex trio of Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons was never going to be easy for any coach, and it's already proving a substantial challenge for the Sixers.

The Philadelphia 76ers made a bold move when they acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler earlier this season via trade. He missed Friday's practice and his status for Saturday's game against the Mavericks (7:30 p.m. ET - watch on fuboTV with the NBA League Pass extension) remains in serious question.

"I felt an elbow on my face and I kind of freaked out because that's my same face I had surgery on [last season]", Embiid said after the game in an attempt to ease tensions.

According to the report, upper management has placed "an urgency for Brown and his coaching staff to stabilise the situation".

Philadelphia acquired Butler, a four-time All-Star, last month with an eye on making a run to the National Basketball Association championship. For the Sixers, Brown and Butler, it may be even more hard when Simmons and Embiid tend to dominate the ball as well.

Butler hopes to play in more pick and roll sets on offense as opposed to finding his shot in the flow of the offense, according to the story.

Brown has downplayed the incidents to people within the Sixers' organization, but ESPN reports a source close to Butler has a different take.

Butler, 29, can be a free agent this offseason, making the need to fit him into the 76ers' free-flowing offense even more critical. Butler would be looking for a more traditional style of play instead of the unconstrained offence the Sixers now display.

"We're coming together", Brown said after Monday's victory over the Clippers. "We have a new opportunity". So, my job is to grow a team. Those four are huge.

There's always a feeling out period when acquiring a new player, especially in season.

That challenge was evident Tuesday night when Simmons inadvertently elbowed Embiid in the face as both went up for a rebound.