Jimmy Butler Making Rocky but Necessary Transition to Chicago Bulls’ Leader

December 21st, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — Give the Chicago Bulls' season this: One of the questions from training camp has been answered beyond a shadow of a doubt. This is Jimmy Butler’s team, whether he’s ready for it to be or not.

With Derrick Rose struggling and new head coach Fred Hoiberg still feeling his way around the NBA game, Butler has emerged as the Bulls’ clear-cut leader on and off the court. It’s a role that’s new to him, and it hasn’t been without its share of drama.

Butler spoke with reporters after the Bulls' 107-91 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday:

I believe in the guys in this locker room. But I also believe that we probably have to be coached a lot harder at times. I'm sorry, I know Fred's a laid-back guy, and I really respect him for that, but when guys aren't doing what they're supposed to do, you got to get on guys, myself included. You got to do what you're supposed to do when you're out there playing basketball.

At shootaround on Monday morning, both Hoiberg and Butler wanted to make it clear that they’d talked things out.

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