Jimmy Butler has emerged as an all-star caliber player and is the best talent on the Chicago Bulls. Following a big contract extension in the summer, Butler has attempted to become a leader but it apparently isn’t working out too well.
There were rumors of a rift between Butler and Derrick Rose but there’s more to it, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell:
“You talk to anybody within that Bulls organization, and they’ll tell you that Jimmy has changed. His personality has changed.
And it’s not to say he’s wrong in that.
But this was a kid that loved saying he was from Tomball, Texas and that he was just a role player on a really good team. And now he wants all the trappings that come with being a star in the league.
He’s really rubbed some people the wrong way with how he’s going about things. So, it’s something to watch for, and it’s something that I know is on the minds of the front office in that, “Can we trust this guy to go out and to be who we need him to be every night, and can he lead us the way that a championship-caliber team needs to be led?” And early on, the returns have been no.”
Butler has been playing at a high level and Chicago has desperately lacked a leader over the last five years. You can’t blame him for trying to step up.