Bulls’ Players Question Jimmy Butler’s Leadership
Chicago Bulls’ Shooting Guard Jimmy Butler (Maddie Meyer-Getty Images)
The Chicago Bulls continue to be in the news for the wrong reasons. The recent issues have included plenty of talk about shooting guard Jimmy Butler’s ability to lead this team. Butler recently called out head coach Fred Hoiberg publicly in regards to the latter’s inability to hold players accountable. Soon after that, rumors swirled about locker room tension in regards to Butler’s changes as the new star of the team.
Now, even more rumors are being placed in the public. On the Washington Post’s “Posting Up” podcast, ESPN’s Nick Friedell talked about the dynamic of Butler attempting to become the leader of the Bulls, much to the chagrin of the other players on the roster (as transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk):
“But the tension now, moving forward off the Derrick talk for a second, between Jimmy and other players in that locker room is bad.
Because you can’t just say, /I signed this new deal. I’m the leader.’ That respect has to be earned over time. Nobody is questioning Jimmy’s work ethic. He’s worked his tail off. But they are questioning whether Jimmy can be the leader that this …read more
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