Jimmy Butler was hanging out with Derrick Rose his first night in town. Derrick texted him and asked him to come over, where they joked around and watched the BET Awards. A move which shows plenty of class by Derrick Rose and shows how Butler is likely to fit in with what the Bulls are trying to do.
In the off-season, we love to over-react to everything, so enjoy the love fest for Derrick going out of his way to bring the new rookie into the fold. It probably doesn't hurt that one of Jimmy's junior college teammates was best friends with Derrick Rose.
You can catch the full press conference here.
Sherron Shabazz had a nice interview with Butler for the Chicago Examiner which had a great quote.
"He's a good dude. He's just like me for the most part. He just wants to win."
Who said that? Derrick Rose or Jimmy Butler? It's so easy to see it coming from either way.
Butler indicated that he would possibly workout with Lazar Hayward and Wesley Matthews up at Marquette, spend some time with IMG, and try to practice and get to know his new teammates during the lockout.
When asked about former Marquette grad Dwyane Wade, he replied that they're both friend and enemy right now, but he intends to shut him down. It was kind of funny seeing his nervous laugh about it, as if he wanted to say he's friends with Wade, but already knew there was no way that's going to fly here.
Jimmy again mentioned that he's going to look to defend the Lebrons and Wades of the league.
Listening to Butler speak, you can't help but get a little excited about him as a prospect for the Bulls. He's an athletic, gym rat, high character guy with a nice all around game that's well developed as he's played four years of college ball.
I'm not sure what Butler's ceiling is. There's a good chance he won't be in the NBA in three years just like there is for any prospects drafted this late, particularly in a draft not known for its strength. However, I believe that he has the athleticism required to play in the league and the work ethic to improve.
In the press conference, Gar and Tom also praised Mirotic's skillset while Gar discussed him as a lottery pick. When asked about the rumors surrounding MIrotic not wanting to join the NBA, Gar replied that in his discussions with him, Mirotic indicated it was his dream to play in the NBA one day.
Gar declined to discuss when Mirotic could come over, only saying that he was under contract with Real Madrid and would play there for "awhile". He reiterated my point though, that Mirotic is playing at one of the highest levels of competition in a major role, so he will be well developed by the time he gets here.
Overall, a fun presser, probably the last one we'll have until after the lockout.