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Rift between Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose ????????
Knew it had to be somethng.....because Derrick Rose was playing great in the 1st qtr of GM6 vs Cleveland...but only took 4 shots in the 2nd half
Chicago Bulls beat reporter, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, has confirmed what many fans thought was simply a rumor.
The 2014-15 NBA season ended in shambles for the Bulls, losing three consecutive games to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Game 6 was flat out embarrassing, as the Bulls quit in front of their home fans losing 94-73 showing no fight as their season ended in disappointing fashion. 670 The Score’s Dan Bernstein wrote about the tension between Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose that reared its ugly head during game 6 against Cleveland.
Almost everyone refuted that allegation by Bernstein, but now Cowley has echoed the same report according to his sources.
The following is from Cowley’s story on Thursday.Former head coach Tom Thibodeau, as well as his staff, privately had their concerns about Butler and Rose co-existing back in training camp because of their alpha male personalities. And by midseason, tired of seeing the likes of Rose and Joakim Noah get to sit out practices and certain drills under the care of director of sports performance, Jen Swanson, Butler, and to a certain extent Pau Gasol, had some building animosity, according to multiple sources.
That was on full display by Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, in which Butler stopped looking Rose’s way when given the ball, and Rose seemed to fade into being an angry bystander.
Cowley noticed the tension between Rose and Butler during the first round of the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks.
That coincides with what Bernstein said last month.To many Bulls’ observers, Butler may come off as a humble guy just trying to go along minding his own business but in reality he does have an alpha male personality and that has clashed with Rose.It looked strange when wing Jimmy Butler kept flashing to Rose’s side of the floor, calling for the ball, as the Bulls’ offense was drying up. Rose was all too happy to oblige instead of waving Butler off and taking charge, either resetting the called play or taking his man – often the undrafted Matthew Dellavedova – hard to the rim for at least a likely foul.
Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer.Jimmy Butler’s heart is still in Tomball, Texas – population 11,000 and change.
Everything else about the Bulls two-guard? That went Hollywood sometime back in the 2013-14 season when he started a friendship with actor Mark Wahlberg, and soon after started realizing that the idea he was simply playing on Derrick Rose’s team was not an image he was willing to embrace.
Butler doesn’t view himself as the No. 2 guy on the Bulls. Butler sees himself as a star. That now leads to his contract situation, which doesn’t seem all that simple as several thought heading into the offseason.
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