Scottie Pippen on Jimmy Butler: ‘He Was Disrespectful To Coaches & Had Leadership Problems’ (VIDEO)
You can put down Scottie Pippen as yet another former NBA player to come out and criticize Jimmy Butler’s leadership.
After the Bulls traded away their best player to the Minnesota Timberwolves, former Boston Celtics player Antoine Walker referred to Butler as a “young-guy killer” and a “bad locker room guy,” citing outbursts directed at coaches and teammates.
On Thursday’s edition of ‘The Jump,’ Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen echoed what Walker stated and added a little more detail as to why the Bulls had to trade him away.
“I don’t think he handled it right from a leadership standpoint of what it takes to be a superstar,” the Hall of Famer said on ESPN’s “The Jump.”
Asked to elaborate, Pippen said, “Well, it’s just a lot of locker room talk that Jimmy was disrespecting the head coach, disrespecting the assistant coach. Just wasn’t showing the type of leadership that you’d expect from your best player.”
Scottie Pippen on Jimmy Butler. Watch what he had to say. Wow. pic.twitter.com/nJ99n2tZRC
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The former 2015 Most Improved Player averaged 23.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game for the Chicago Bulls last year.