The new Minnesota Timberwolves swingman shed some light on his relationship with his former coach, admitting that their differing personalities led Butler to become frustrated during his time in the Windy City.
"I'm confrontational. I feed off of confrontation. It makes me go," Butler told Michael Pina of Vice Sports. "Not everybody's like that. (Fred Hoiberg) is not that coach, and there's nothing wrong with that. There are different coaching styles and people are gonna say - which is what they did say - 'It's gonna be Jimmy's team or it's gonna be Fred's team.' Two total opposite ends of the spectrum. They're either gonna try to win it now or they're gonna go young. And you see which way they went with it. Completely fine. Yo, it's y'all's business. It's y'all's organization. It's cool. And now I'm in Minnesota and couldn't be happier."
Butler's relationship with Hoiberg got off to a rocky start when the three-time All-Star called out his coach for the former's laid-back attitude following a blowout defeat to the New York Knicks. Their relationship didn't improve much thereafter, as Butler appeared to call off Hoiberg's timeout request during a game in January.
It seems unlikely that Butler will endure the same problems in Minnesota now that the 27-year-old has been reunited with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.