Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler had some issues with coach Fred Hoiberg last season, but it doesn’t necessarily make him a bad influence to the team. He’s still the team’s best player, and he has strong potential still. His leadership is growing, and perhaps the best thing about his personality is that he’s coachable.
Jimmy Butler may have come a bit too strong for Fred Hoiberg when he criticized him for not being tough enough. It’s just not Hoiberg’s style of coaching, and to each his own.
Both have a point to make, and according to a report by CBS Jimmy wants Hoiberg to coach him even harder this season.
“I told Fred, ‘As much as you can, use me as an example,'” Butler said.
“I want you to really get on my tail about every little thing because if Doug (McDermott) or Tony (Snell) or whoever it may be, if watching coach talk to me like that he’s going to be like ‘If he can talk to Jimmy like that I know he’s going to come at me a certain way.’ So that’s what I try to remind him everyday. I think he’s ready for that. I’m a player. I’m coachable like everybody else, but I want that. I need that.”
Bulls veteran teammates Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo give a very positive influence, especially for being former NBA champs, and are ready to share the burden of resurging their team this season. They’ve also made it known from the start that they’re only acting in support of Butler, who remains the leader of the pack.
But NBA rumors circulate that a Jimmy Butler Lakers deal is in the works. It would send Julius Randle and a Jordan Clarkson trade in his place.
As the word goes, this Jimmy Butler Lakers deal is designed to let the Bulls guard supplant Kobe Bryant as the face of the L.A. based team. Would a Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson trade work?
Butler averaged 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game last season and is projected to fit with L.A.
On the other hand, a Jordan Clarkson trade together with Julius Randle means their chemistry is already tested and shall have a seamless transition in Chicago along with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
While this could work, and may happen during the mid-season, it opens up an impression that Jimmy Butler may not be happy alongside Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.
It first surfaced a few months ago, according to a report by Yahoo! where their personalities as “control freaks” is becoming an issue, and that their playing styles are not fit for each other.
Is this deal ushered by NBA rumors for the best?
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