Jimmy Butler Crash and Burn

The 30th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft is attempting a palace coup. Except Jimmy Butler wants out of the palace. Trying to manipulate where Tom Thibodeau sends him by giving him a list of three teams he will sign an extension with is NBA star 101. It’s how the game is played. The agent…

The Jimmy Butler Way: Teammates Not Friends

Take the best teams of all time. You will find more teammates who didn’t hang out together and didn’t party together and didn’t spend birthdays together and didn’t have family vacations together than you will find best friends. Friends are hard to come by in any walk of life and most of the time your…

The Blind Side, Chicago Bulls Version

The Butterfly Effect is when small ripples have huge effects. Proven through science, when one thing happens in one part of the world it is felt in another part, and is more disastrous. It rains in Mexico. There is a tornado in Florida. The earth trembles in Japan. Buildings fall in Seattle. An All-Star player…

Jimmy Butler Wins the Draft

Forget Lonzo and LaVar Ball speaking the Lakers into existence. Forget Markelle Fultz and the Process. Or, Jayson Tatum possibly imitating the game of Paul Pierce. Or a young Frenchman playing for his team’s title but first a short flight to NY for the Knicks to draft him. Or, all the Porzingis trade rumors that…

Jimmy Butler Issues

Jimmy Butler’s tirade against his teammates caused Rajon Rondo to fight back on social media and the question looms: is this leadership? Butler’s animus was accompanied by Dwyane Wade who also went on a teammate rant. This much is apparent. The Chicago Bulls will live and die on the performance, leadership and exploits of Jimmy…

Jimmy Butler Trade Talk Is Why You Can’t Trust The Bulls

We have been here before with Jimmy Butler (allegedly) on the trade market. As we approached last year’s trading deadline and even during the summer the rumors persisted that the Bulls were shopping him. Then as in now, it made zero sense. Franchise players are hard to come by, impossible even. If you look at…

Wade Has Been Great but the Bulls Still Need to Make A Trade

Dwayne Wade is not the best player on the Chicago Bulls but he is the most important player. His leadership, professionalism and championship experience, not to mention his other side of the pillow coolness is a necessary compliment to Jimmy Butler who is the Bulls best player but is inexperienced in playoff basketball. The Butler/Wade…

Jimmy Butler and Steve Kerr are the Bulls Last Hope

The irony of the catastrophe, that is the Chicago Bulls minus Tom Thibodeau, is that interest in the Bulls is still strong. It’s just not this Bulls team. All of the attention is on the Michael Jordan glory year of 1995-96 and their 72 win season that, at the time, seemed as unbreakable as Hank…

Pau Gasol To Replace Jimmy Butler in All-Star Game

Jimmy Butler’s recovery from a knee sprain will take a little bit longer than the Bulls had hoped or anticipated. A season in which almost everything has gone wrong, Butler’s injury fits in with the narrative. Butler’s recovery timetable puts his return towards the end of the month which means he’ll miss the All-Star game…