wow - if the past week didnt't make it clear what kind of character TJ has, I doubt anything will do.
I agree that Sam doesn't want to force the issue, he's hoping (foolishly) that TJ can be "tamed". He probably feels that if puts any more gas on this fire, it will explode badly.
And comparisons with Jalen's case are not relevant, back then we sucked, now we're a playoff team. There wasn't much to lose then.