Jimmy Butler doesn't fear Minnesota boos: It's no fun being loved all the time

Jimmy Butler couldn’t care less about the boos waiting for him Saturday at the Target Center.

The 76ers star is returning to Minnesota for the first time since his blockbuster trade in November and the welcome won’t be warm. But, the four-time NBA All-Star isn’t thinking twice about it.

He fielded questions before the Sixers-Timberwolves game and even urged the fans to share how they feel.

“I don’t care about being loved all the time, it’s no fun that way,” Butler said. “I think people will pay way more attention whenever they dislike you or hate you. … I welcome it. I embrace it. Let’s see what you can point out tonight.”

If, and when, the boos come, Butler said it wouldn’t affect him.

“I’m cool. I’m gonna go in there and do what I’m supposed to do,” he added. “If they boo, if they cheer — I don’t know what to say it’ll be.”

Butler, who demanded to be moved before the start of the season, eventually found himself in Philadelphia in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric.

It will be the second time Butler will face his former squad. In January, Butler scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in the 76ers’ 149-107 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

He has averaged 18.7 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field in 52 games with the 76ers.

The 76ers are third in the Eastern Conference with a 47-27 record, while the Timberwolves enter the contest in 10th in the West with a 33-41 mark.