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The Social Media War Between Stephen Jackson and Andrew Wiggins
An ugly social media war erupted recently when Minnesota Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler demanded a trade. Strangely enough, the main combatants were ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson and Wolves forward Andrew Wiggins. Responding to an Instagram post by Wiggins’ brother Nick, Jackson disparaged Andrew’s ‘lack of energy, comparing the 2014 Number One pick to Butler in less than flattering terms.
Andrew Wiggins fired back immediately, insulting Jackson’s ‘lack of career highlights’ and one-dimensional play. The beef might have arisen from some unknown conflict between teammates Butler and Wiggins. The teams that are currently in the running for Butler include the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and LA Clippers. So far Thibbs asking price has been too high, but owner Glen Taylor wants the distraction cleared up before the season starts. If Butler remains with the Wolves, the tension between the two could make things very interesting.
Although it remains hard to imagine the Warriors being dethroned this season, there still promises to be enough on and off court action to keep fans glued to their seats. It will be a fascinating piece of storytelling to see how all of it plays out.