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Butler misses Wolves shootaround amid trade-demand drama

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking publicly for the first time since Wednesday’s practice, said Butler was doing conditioning work in Minneapolis and had not been suspended.Asked if Butler would play in Minnesota’s regular-season opener at San Antonio next Wednesday, Thibodeau said: “The situation remains fluid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissButler told ESPN following Wednesday’s practice that his issues with the Timberwolves have not been fixed.“Let’s just be honest. It could be,” Butler said in the interview. “But do I think so? No.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments “We always had practices like that in Chicago,” Gibson added. “It was always a good competition, and at the end of the practice everybody shook up and we still understood we were teammates.”Butler told ESPN he was waiting for one of his teammates to stand up to him, but it never happened.“If we would have thought it was serious, we would have, but we didn’t think it was that serious,” Gibson said. “It was just guys being competitive and going at it in practice … I was just used to playing guys growing up, talking trash and having fun at the same time.”The saga with the four-time All-Star started in mid-September, when it became known that Butler told Thibodeau that he wanted a trade after a season in which he was Minnesota’s leading scorer and helped the Wolves snap a 14-year playoff drought.The Timberwolves have had talks with several teams. Thibodeau has said any deal must be in the best interest of the Timberwolves.Thibodeau said some of what was reported in the aftermath of the practice was incorrect, but he declined to elaborate.“It’s not uncommon when players scrimmage that there will be some talk,” Thibodeau said. “It was competitive.”Asked if he was pleased with the practice, Thibodeau said: “You’re never pleased with practice. You’re always striving for it to be as good as possible.”Thibodeau said he would not comment on Butler’s reported criticism of Towns and Wiggins. He acknowledged his team would have to deal with the constant media attention over the situation and whether Butler will be traded.“That’s the challenge of the NBA,” Thibodeau said. “Every team is going to through something at some point of the season. For us it’s early on and the challenge is not to get distracted, to get ready for the season.” Center Karl-Anthony Towns would not address what happened at that practice or whether a players’ meeting was held Thursday.“I think the only thing that needs to be clarified is we’re excited to pick up a basketball here today in Milwaukee,” Towns said. Asked if he would be happy to play with Butler in the season opener, Towns said, “I’m happy to play basketball with anybody.”Butler will be a free agent at the end of the season and would be eligible to sign a five-year deal with Minnesota at that point. Young stars Towns and Andrew Wiggins have signed five-year contracts with the team.Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, who played with Butler in Chicago, said he did not think Wednesday’s practice was out of the ordinary.“I felt it was like a normal practice, but it was new for guys,” Gibson said. “It’s only our second year together (in Minnesota), but I’ve been around Jimmy for a long time.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this April 25, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler, right, watches from the bench during the second half in Game 5 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, in Houston. With Butler’s status still unresolved, coach Tom Thibodeau and the Timberwolves head toward the season coming off the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 14 years but carrying yet a still-cloudy outlook despite the super-max contract Karl-Anthony Towns.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Butler was absent as the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up preparations for their preseason finale Friday night.Butler has demanded a trade but returned to practice with the team Wednesday, a session that included him verbally challenging teammates and coaches. He was not with the team at Friday’s shootaround in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams talks motherhood, insecurities at conference Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Butler was brought to Minnesota prior to last season to reunite with Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach, and bring leadership to a young team. The Timberwolves reached the playoffs last season and lost to Houston in the first round.“The biggest job of a leader, in my eyes, is to unite and inspire,” Thibodeau said. “It’s OK to confront, that’s not an issue. But if you do confront, don’t beat down.”Notes: Wiggins was not with the team Friday, remaining home while awaiting the birth of his first child.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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‘We Must Get Our Independence Back’

first_imgMargibi County Senator Oscar Cooper has told his colleagues that it is about time they got back their independence, adding that “there is no way to do the people’s job without restoring the independence of this honorable Senate.”The Margibi lawmaker, who failed miserably in last Thursday’s race for the President Pro Tempore position, was speaking within the ten minutes allotted to candidates for comments prior to the casting of ballots in the Chambers of the Senate. Senator Cooper, who chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works, intimated that if they have to do oversight as Senators, there was a need for them to be independent in order for them to make informed decisions on behalf of the electorate that elected them.As members of one of the three branches that make up  the government, the defeated Pro Tempore contender maintained that coordination and collaboration can take place, “but we must maintain our independence; that is the only way we can make laws, representation, and oversight on Ministries and other GOL Agencies that we will have committee responsibility for.”  “We need to restore our independence from the Executive.  We cannot sit here year after year and allow this honorable Senate to be held by our nose, pushed around and not do the work of the people.  The Liberian people are looking at us and they are depending on us to do the right thing.”Senator Cooper emphasized the need to work with the Executive, but cautioned that the new leadership work and collaborate with the Executive, but not work for the Executive.  “We will work for the people that elected us to this honorable body, and that is our first and foremost priority, and this is what I offer you, my colleagues, for us to restore  that independence…so that when 15 Senators go we can get them back to continue doing the work for Legislative continuity.” The other area the Senator spoke about was what he called developing the credibility of the Senate: “Fellow colleagues, no longer can we sit here and let people ask us about brown envelopes; we have to restore the credibility of the Senate, and we all have to work hard in doing that.”  Cooper noted that a dynamic and reputable Senate is what Liberians are yearning for and his election would have been the perfect opportunity for achieving that aspiration. He emphasized the need for togetherness, especially through the various committees; both leadership and standing, noting that if that body failed, it would reflect on all Senators, not the Pro Temp alone, because the leadership works together with all Senators.   “I am appealing to you to see   the interest of your country, to see reason and wisdom that we can build this institution’s post-war Liberia. There have been many lapses in the Senate, because we have not been working; we need to earn our living and work for it by manifesting the interest of the Liberian people.”He regretted the Legislature’s delay in making appropriations for restoring the burnt out offices of the Legislative Information Services (LIS), but promised to work with the leaders of LIS and the relevant committees to restore what he described as ‘a great institution.’Cooper further lamented that justice has not been done to the Legislative Budget Office (LBO), where the Executive sends the annual national budget, and suggested that if that office is capacitated, the Senate would be able to do a dynamic job when the budget is submitted to the Legislature.The Margibi lawmaker recalled that the Legislature sometimes passed the budget on leaflets, and that was where there was no tracking system of the final result.  If such is tampered with by the Executive, it would be impossible to know what happened.He hoped that the 2015/2016 budget, when discussed by the Legislature and the Executive on how to make appropriations, would be sent to the LBO to prepare the final draft. When it is agreed upon by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Legislature, then it will be sent back to the Executive so that it is not tampered with.“We need bill tracking. When bills are presented here, how many times do we know that what we passed here is what is published in that bill? We have to set up a system here that will track that bill, from the time it is presented to the Senate, the time a resolution is made on it and the time it is printed into handbills.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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