Jimmy Butler: ‘I Want to F*cking Win A Championship. I’m Not Playing.’
On Friday, Team USA was in Chicago and so was Dwyane Wade, as he held his introductory press conference to the Chicago Bulls. During the press conference he stated vividly that this Bulls squad is ‘Jimmy Butler’s team’.
“Myself and Rondo are here to bring what we bring as athletes to this team and to this city. He’s a young Bull on this team. He’s a 26-year-old that can play 40 minutes if coach wants him to and maybe more. I ain’t trying to do that.
“But this wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Jimmy Butler,” Wade insisted. “Jimmy Butler called me and told me he wanted me here. That was huge.”
Bulls reporters took that opportunity to ask Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler his thoughts about Dwyane Wade & Rajon Rondo being on the team and Butler made it clear he wants them both to show him what it takes to win a title.
“Just what we can do if we were to play basketball together. I said look man, I’m okay with whatever role you want me to play,” said Butler to CSNChicago.com in an exclusive interview after Team USA beat Venezuela 80-45 Friday at the United Center, with Wade sitting next to Team USA’s bench. “But we can win games if you’re here with us. So that’s basically how it went.
“I was telling him, of all the things that have been said, I’m here to win. I don’t care what role I’m supposed to play, whose team it is, you come here, we’ll win games.”
“Moving forward, I’m gonna do my best, whatever it takes to help us win games,” Butler said. “I don’t think people understand how serious I am when I say I want to (freaking) win a championship. I’m not playing.”
Rondo and Wade have the championship receipts, so it’s unlikely they’ll allow Butler to go unchecked if his methods aren’t parallel with his words. Given the appointed title Butler gave the three, it doesn’t sound like they would let him slide regardless.
“That’s what I wanted him here, that’s why I wanted Rondo here,” Butler said. “Because they’ve done it, they know what it takes. I want them to show me. If I’m not listening, make me listen.”