Back in 2012, Thibodeau played Jimmy Butler all 48 minutes in a preseason game against the Timberwolves
With Deng getting a night off to rest a groin injury in Chicago's 82-75 preseason loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday, replacement Jimmy Butler stepped right into Deng's role, playing the entire 48 minutes.
[–][BOS] Jayson Tatum IntergalacticWZRD 2885 points 1 day ago
That’s absolutely ridiculous.
You know it’s kinda funny. My highschool coach was a real hard ass Former marine, he’s been coaching for 40+ years. Coached against Marcus Camby at the highschool level. He’s very similar to Thibs in style and demeanor and of course half way through my senior season we find out that him and Thibs are on first name basis with each other. They even had dinner when Thibs was in town playing the Celtics.
[–]F7U12_ANALYSIS 940 points 1 day ago
Do you think he would’ve played jimmy butler 48 minutes in a preseason game?
[–]Thunder carmelol_assthony 703 points 1 day ago
I feel like even a real-hard-ass-former-marine wouldn’t play Butler for 48 mins in a preseason game. That is absurd.
[–]Salami_On_Rye 166 points 1 day ago
I've been to a couple of preseason games over the years as there's no NBA team in my city. (Well, there was. Two of 'em in fact.) I've never seen a starter actually log minutes in the second half. And both times, at least one star was not even at the game.
As a fan of the sport, it would be cool to see a great player actually playing a full game in preseason. As a fan of the team, it would be stupefying.
[–]pubgplayer14 123 points 1 day ago
and that's why a lot of the starting bulls came out super injured or with chronic pains.
Thibs played them like workhorses because he's an idiot and to top it all off, the Bulls medical staff are the most incompetent group of trainers in all of sports. Check Luol Dengs story. That shit fucking SUCKS.
[–]94savage 20 points 1 day ago
None of Thibs players hate him or think he ruined their careers. Stop making stuff up
[–]Bulls Ar4bAce 27 points 1 day ago
Butler wasnt Jimmy Butler in 2012.
[–]Raptors Bowiescorvat2 1469 points 1 day ago
What the fuck. This guy has a fetish for Jimmy, if I was Jimmy I'd get the fuck away too
[–]NBA dreamofbeans 569 points 1 day ago*
Maybe that’s how he gave Jimmy the confidence to improve. Maybe Luke should play Josh Hart 48min later he might turn into the next Jimmy
[–]Bulls JR_Swiiish 382 points 1 day ago
Maybe he should play Wiggins for 48 every game for the rest of the year
[–]username--_-- 62 points 1 day ago*
I feel like there is an argument on both sides for this. In 2012, Jimmy was just coming off a rookie year, as a 2nd late first round pick where he got almost no playing time.
Might as well give the guy as much playing time as possible in the preseason, when nothing matters, than in the regular season when every game matters. Plus Jimmy seems like the guy, who at the prove it stage of his career, would have been absolutely ecstatic at getting that type of opportunity.
[–]Splashshots 960 points 1 day ago*
Do be fair in 2012 Jimmy was just in his second season and didn’t play a ton as a rookie. It’s not like Thibs was playing one of his star players 48 minutes, he was playing a young guy to give him more experience.
Edit: Guys I realize he still shouldn’t be playing anyone 48 minutes a game let alone in the preseason. I’m just trying to put some context out there.
[–]Thunder jd_beats 276 points 1 day ago
I was about to post this... Jimmy didn’t take off until really the next year after this... 48 minutes is probably too much, but giving big playing time to a guy that still needs lots of experiences to develop into a great player isn’t that weird.
[–][DEN] Nikola Jokic RedSoxEatPoop 90 points 1 day ago
48 minutes is 48 minutes though dawg...in a preseason game that is insane.
[–][MIL] Michael Redd philosophickle 232 points 1 day ago
[–]Magic Herakleios 31 points 1 day ago
Eh... I think playing ANYONE 48 minutes in a preseason game is insane.
Honestly, playing someone more than 30 minutes in a preseason game is also kind of crazy... I feel like one of the big points of preseason is to try a bunch of different lineups and see just how deep your bench really is...
[–][MIL] Michael Redd philosophickle 232 points 1 day ago
Playing 48 minutes drastically increases your chances of injury. It's just unprofessional and dangerous to play someone-- anyone-- that long.
[–]Raptors Astro_Sloth 86 points 1 day ago
Except LeBron James
[–]Jazzs altnvinegar26 100 points 1 day ago
Lebron isn’t mortal though.
[–]Knicks CoilConductor 32 points 1 day ago
honestly LeBron is just hard to bench
[–]JohnParish 143 points 1 day ago
I would think even if that was the regular season, it would be absurd. If you are Lebron in the playoffs, sure, play the whole game, otherwise, nobody should be playing the whole game in this day and age unless everything is on the line.
"Thibodeau also noted that he could get away with playing Butler big minutes because Butler has worked hard on his conditioning this offseason." that's such a load of shit man. Nothing was on the line.
[–]Knicks diablofreak 20 points 1 day ago
Everything was on the line for that pre season game. Maybe he had all his money in Vegas.
(Can you gamble on a preseason game)
[–]76ers ManSoldWorld 72 points 1 day ago
Thibodeau is just a pure competitor, but in the worst possible way. He has that vision of basketball perfection, but he goes about it like a dumbass: playing your players into the ground
[–]jtsports272 20 points 1 day ago
He is just plain stupid : people are not robots there is a point where everyone gets tired and performance declines
[–][SAS] Matt Bonner bb1432 302 points 1 day ago
I was on the Thibs is a shitty coach because of his rotations train for at least that long.
I welcome the company.
[–][DAL] Dennis Rodman wonderboy0 516 points 1 day ago
This is bordering on unhealthy obsession and Jimmy needs to get the fuck outta there
[–]Pistons drcash360-2ndaccount 292 points 1 day ago
Pour one out for D Rose and Loul Deng
[–]Rolodox 150 points 1 day ago
This guy Thibs killed DRose 3 years into his career smh
[–]Pistons drcash360-2ndaccount 133 points 1 day ago
Up double digits in game 1 with 1 minute left....
[–][LAL] Kobe Bryant Malificari 101 points 1 day ago
that wil forever triggered me. fuck that game and fuck thibs. i called that injury too when i was watching the game with my brother.
[–]Bulls LeZygo 13 points 1 day ago
He likes to grind players into dust. He did D-Rose's career no favors.