Keeping multiple superstars happy is rarely an easy task.
The Philadelphia 76ers found that out pretty quickly this week when Joel Embiid voiced frustration with his role within the 76ers’ offence following Jimmy Butler’s arrival.
Embiid has been used on the perimeter a lot more since the team traded for Butler, much to his annoyance.
But Butler was quick to pour cold water on the situation when asked about it at practice on Sunday.
“I know where his heart is, man,” Butler told reporters.
“His heart is pure. He wants to win. I can feel for him.
“It’s new to him. It’s new to myself. It’s new to everybody.
“…As our best player, I can understand being frustrated.
“He’s a hell of a player, and we’ll figure out ways to make sure he’s always successful.”
While Embiid’s frustration is hardly ideal for the 76ers, making the new-look Simmons-Butler-Embiid 76ers mesh was always going to be – for lack of a better word – a process.
They’ll get there, and that frustration will pass.
In the meantime, the Sixers must be happy with how Butler is handling himself.
Dude has been on his best behaviour since arriving in town, with nothing but positive things to say about his teammates.
Going as far as calling Embiid the best player on the team – a big deal for someone as alpha as Butler – shows he’s willing to break his old habits in order to make things work.
Now it’s up to Embiid to meet him half way.