Timberwolves home opener: Disgruntled Jimmy Butler gets hearty boos and MVP chant


SportsPulse: We spoke with HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy to get the inside scoop on what went wrong between Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves.

Jimmy Butler encouraged the fans to boo him, and the Minnesota crowd obliged. But some appeared to quickly forget their anger.

The Timberwolves’ home opener began Friday night with Butler getting heartily booed during introductions before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers. It ended with Butler on the free-throw line to seal a 131-123 victory and some of the same fans showering the disgruntled star with an “M-V-P!” chant.

Butler has been at the center of turmoil since demanding a trade last month. In an interview earlier this week, Butler said he anticipated a negative response from T’wolves fans but didn’t seem worried about it.

“Sure. Go ahead, boo me,” Butler told The Athletic. “It ain’t going to change the way I play. That’s going to make me smile more. So please, come on with it.”

The fans seemed happy to meet Butler’s expectations.

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