Chicago Bulls Trade News and Rumors: Can Jimmy Butler Figure Out a Way to Co-Exist with Derrick Rose?
By Jeff Villanueva
Derrick Rose has played five more games this season than his last three seasons, and yet the Chicago Bulls failed to go past the NBA regular season for the first time in along while.
There are lots of rumors centering of Rose's teammate Jimmy Butler about the way his 'leadership' has failed the Bulls' bid this season. Yet somehow, Butler has made it a point to make a tiny diversion many basketball analysts believe could be translated into 'pointing fingers'.
Jimmy Butler on Figuring Out to Co-Exist alongside Derrick Rose
"I'm the reason that we did not make the playoffs," Butler said as posted by Chicago Tribune. "I'm fine with that. I'm not happy with it, but I'm fine with it. Because it's only going to make me stronger and better.
The 6'7" shooting guard added, "I wasn't consistent enough. I had good games, average games, decent games and some terrible games. I don't want to have terrible and decent games. Average games can get us over the hump. Really good ones can make us win."
But when asked about Derrick Rose, Butler stated something worth to ponder, "When we lose, you've got to find something to talk about, and why not talk about that? That's a great story. I think that has nothing to do with anything. But, yeah, we'll work out together and figure out ways to make ourselves coexist."
Like you haven't even figured out how to co-exist since playing alongside Rose five years ago?
Paxson on Injury-Plague Derrick Rose
"Derrick, he has been through a lot," Bulls VP for Basketball Operations John Paxson told The Tribune. "And I think because of that, he's had to look out for himself in a lot of ways. I can't put myself in his place, I never had those types of injuries. So none of us have really walked in his shoes. We have a lot of decisions to make, and that's where we start."
But Paxson was quick to point out that not one player but the entire team was at fault, including the management, "I do think our vision of how to play, is what the league is getting to now. It's more skilled basketball players, more pace up and down. We didn't play that way this year for a lot of reasons."
For Derrick Rose, injuries will only make him even stronger, "All these injuries, I had to learn my body and know my body. I have to be the only one to determine when and when not to go. But I always thought that I was going to get back to the way that I played but even better. I love the way I'm playing, picking and choosing my spots. I love the way I'm playing on balance, not being reckless. And I love the pace that I'm playing with."
Well, we're hoping that with Derrick Rose already recovered from his injury, and Jimmy Butler figuring out to co-exist with Rose, things should fall the way it should be this offseason.