- Jul 15, 2005
Boston's intransigence on this point seems to make it clear that they feel they need a babysitter for Butler. Bradley is a better offensive player, and Boston might prefer to keep him if there weren't issues with adding a second alpha that's something of a diva to their clubhouse. Boston already has an alpha, and rather than having the two slug it out the remainder of the season, they seem to want Butler's BFF to act as the mediator. And it's not that unusual.I'm pretty ambivalent on Crowder. The three point improvement has been awesome (team-wide improvement + shedding ET and Sully have been huge here) but he's otherwise very limited on O—doesn't attack the rim or make plays at all. Helpful to have but certainly not a deal breaker unless you really need a Butler babysitter, in which case you probably shouldn't be acquiring Butler in the first place.
Think back to the Pierce w/o Walker Celtics prior to the second Big Three era. Without that mediating presence Pierce grated on the rest of the players in the clubhouse. Of course once they added two other raging Type A personalities the Celtics became the team that everyone loved to hate, but that's another story.