Jimmy Butler is walking on hot coals, as far as his position within the Chicago Bulls ranks is concerned. NBC Sports reported trouble in the bull pen, with Jimmy Butler’s team mates questioning his leadership and basically not buying into Butler’s assertions. And that’ not all.
Jimmy Butler, it seems, has been doing a few things wrong lately, rubbing people the wrong way. For once, he publicly criticized Fred Hoiberg’s coaching style, earning him bad vibes from corners that matter for his career. Before the season commenced, he also declared that he was a point guard, which happens to be Derrick Roe’s position. This spate of wrong things for Jimmy Butler is greatly magnified by changes—upgrades—to hi contract. As fans know, he is now an All Star on a max contract, earning almost $100 million, and that kind of position ha earned Butler respect from his NBA peers and has also led him to believe that he has earned a leadership position in the Chicago Bulls locker room.
However, respect bestowed upon a leader is earned in time, and Jimmy Butler is new to leading. What makes things more complicated for Butler is the fact that Derrick Rose is still in the team, as well as Joakim Noah. The presence of these veteran stars makes Butler seem like an over-eager upstart and significantly cramps his style or at the very least diminishes his assertion.
However, according to Pippen Ain’t Easy, the problem actually runs deeper than the mere issue with Jimmy Butler’s supposed leadership. The problem is actually how to remain consistent. Through the Chicago Bulls’ first 28 games, they had two four-game win streaks, and two separate three-game losing streaks. They also lost four of their last five games. On top of this inconsistency, the problem with “who’s going to be our leader?” compounds everything else that hounds the team at the moment.
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