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Jimmy Butler Defends Dwyane Wade, Says He Has “More Important Things to Worry About” Than Teammates’ Opinions
Jimmy Butler may no longer play for the Chicago Bulls, but he’s still got Dwyane Wade‘s back.
This week a report out of Chicago suggested that the younger Bulls players “can’t stand” the elder Wade. On Thursday, Butler stuck up for Wade in an interview with Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Hell, probably some of them can’t stand or don’t like me,” Butler told Cowley “That’s fine. I’m still waking up fortunate and blessed every day, just like Dwyane is. He still has a fabulous family and a lot more important things to worry about than the opinions of others. But if they dislike him because the guy wants to win, well, then that team has some serious problems on the way.”
Back in January, Wade made waves when he criticized the effort of his younger teammates.
“This just can’t be acceptable if you want to do anything besides have an NBA jersey on and make some money,” Wade said after an ugly come-from-ahead loss. “That’s all we’re doing. Everyone don’t care enough. You got to care enough, man. It’s got to mean that much to you to want to win.”
Butler concurred with Wade’s assessment, but Rajon Rondo took exception to it on social media. Eventually the Bulls fined all three of them and benched Butler and Wade for the first quarter of their next game.
Sounds like the situation in Chicago has not improved very much since then.
Hat Tip – [theScore]