WATCH: When Karl-Anthony Towns Brutally Trolled Jimmy Butler With Rachel Nichols’ Name Amidst Link-up Rumors

Published 07/08/2021, 8:34 AM EDT


Slowly yet steadily, trash talking and banter has been a permanent feature in the NBA. Over the past few days, the NBA has kicked off yet another storm of controversies that originally brewed in the past. At the head of it all is Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler and ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols.

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‘Soft’ Karl-Anthony Towns mocked Jimmy Butler with Nichols trash-talk

During the Minnesota Timberwolves vs Miami Heat game back in May 2021, Karl-Anthony Towns took a sneaky dig at Jimmy Butler. After a certain play in the fourth quarter, Butler and Towns engaged in a cheeky exchange. It started with Jimmy Butler telling Towns that he was “soft as baby sh*t.” To this, the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 responded, “Call Rachel then, call Rachel.”

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The conversation comes after claims and reports of a past link-up [in 2020] between Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler, and ESPN reporter and broadcaster Rachel Nichols. The rumors had emerged in the middle of last year, and skyrocketed over the past week. Following the alleged link-up, this exchange between Butler and Towns caught many an eye, and went viral.

Jimmy Butler’s outrageous season

Feb 9, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) smiles after laying on the court during the second half against the New York Knicks at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Marquette University’s Butler spearheaded the Miami Heat charge this past season. Being a proven wily customer for ten years now, he led the Heat to another play-off finish. Butler featured in the top-10 assist makers of the season, averaging 7.1 assists in the pre-knockout phase. He also had the fifth best PER (accomplishments per minute) in the league. With constant 20+ point performances night after night, it goes without mentioning that Butler was the connecting chain in the Heat attack.

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The Miami Heat forward has been linked to various teams in the upcoming window. Courtesy of his hefty shows for Miami, many set-ups are looking to rope in the 31-year-old in the near future. However, the Florida-based side are still the favorites and will aim to retain Butler for more years.

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Neither party has confirmed or denied the accusations that have lit up. Both Jimmy Butler and Rachel Nichols have moved on from the incident and are focusing on their respective careers. Although Butler is in the middle of a muddy situation at the moment, his numbers on the court do all the talking for him. It can be argued that Butler is only getting better with age, and the new season will be the ideal platform for Jimmy Butler to prove the same.

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