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Report: Pat Riley Cussed Out Tom Thibodeau Before Hanging Up the Phone on Him
- Updated: October 5, 2018
Talks between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat have ebbed and flowed within the past two weeks, but to no avail.
Rachel Nichols of ESPN recently had both Jorge Sedano and former San Antonio Spurs player Bruce Bowen on “The Jump.”
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) October 5, 2018
According to Sedano, Riley was not amused with the Wolves front office or their head coach:
“Pat Riley my understanding, he may or may not have told Thibs a week or so ago to ‘get your f—— house in order’ and hung up the phone.”
Riley has always been a mouthpiece when it comes to how the organization feels. He tells people like it is, and doesn’t apologize for his opinions. Riley continues to stay in character as he not only told, but showed Thibodeau his thoughts on Minnesota’s treatment of the Heat thus far during trade talks.
Without a doubt, Riley is fed up with the inability of the Timberwolves to make up their minds on who they want for Butler. The 29-year-old veteran already said Miami is first option on his short list of destinations. Thibodeau’s reluctance to accept virtually any offer from the Heat has forced the tough executive to put his foot down.
This quote from Riley will likely hurt the perception of the Timberwolves during trade discussions and moving forward. If Minnesota remains at ends with Miami on any deal, perhaps Riley decides to move on and focus on the season at hand.
Distractions are never helpful to a team, but especially when the Heat can make a run in the playoffs with or without the forward, who averaged 22.2 points per game last season. Granted, if they had the Houston, Texas native, they likely could shoot for the Eastern Conference Finals.