Wow! What is going on with the Chicago Bulls these days. A lot of drama has been transpiring from the discord between the front office and locker room players and much of it surrounding Jimmy Butler. At first, Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler has said to have some issues, but now its reported that Jimmy Butler has taken the spot light with most of the drama coming his way.
Earlier, there were plenty of reports that there was a discord between Jimmy Butler and Derrick rose. Both have denied the allegations, but it seems there may be some truth to it after all. Nick Friedell of ESPN on the Posting Up podcast with Tim Bontemps:
I don’t think that the tension between Jimmy and Derrick was ever as bad as it was made out to be. 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 group needs with so much turmoil going on around them.
You talk to anybody within that Bulls organization, and they’ll tell you that Jimmy has changed. His personality has changed.
And it’s not to say he’s wrong in that.
But this was a kid that loved saying he was from Tomball, Texas and that he was just a role player on a really good team. And now he wants all the trappings that come with being a star in the league.
And that’s all well and good.
But again, this ties back into the leadership problem this team has. You can say all that, but you can’t just say, “Alright, I’m the leader.” You have to earn that respect over time. Maybe Jimmy will.
He’s really rubbed some people the wrong way with how he’s going about things. So, it’s something to watch for, and it’s something that I know is on the minds of the front office in that, “Can we trust this guy to go out and to be who we need him to be every night, and can he lead us the way that a championship-caliber team needs to be led?” And early on, the returns have been no.
The Bulls will certainly have a lot to improve in. We’ll see how this shakes out, but it seems as though the steam is rising in Chicago.