The departure of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah left many Chicago Bulls’ fans in awe as two of their beloved star players left the city of Chicago. Many have attributed their departure to the drama that had been documented during the season with Jimmy Butler.
Butler, who is participating in the Rio Olympics, was asked to comment on his former teammates situation and he responded gracefully. The quotes come directly from ESPN as he had a mouthful to say on the situation:
“That has nothing to do with me. I don’t move guys,” Butler said before Thursday’s Team USA practice at the United Center in Chicago. “It’s like I always say: People are going to think what they want to think.
“That doesn’t bother me. I know where I stand. I know who I am.”
“I’m happy for [Rose]. He’s happy for me,” Butler said. “I’m glad we get to go against each other whatever day that may be when the season rolls around.
“I talked to Jo. We texted a few messages. Nothing too serious, but we’re always going to have love for each other because we’re always going to be teammates. We were in those trenches together.”
“I’m excited. I know they are as well,” Butler said of the Bulls’ additions. “It’s a new start for a lot of us.”
Whether you believe him or not, it’s true that ultimately management makes the final decision on trades and re-signings. Rose and Noah will always be loved in Chicago, but it’s time for new beginnings in Windy City.