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For the past year the media has been suggesting that Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler just can’t stand each other. Both guys swear that isn’t the case, however, there is definitely some friction and chemistry issues between the two.
Butler who is coming off an All-Star season and a max contract reportedly was not a fan of Derrick Rose’s work ethic last season and the source of this news is a former Bulls member. Via Chicago Sun-Times:
“Personally, the two are great. Professionally is where they have a difference of opinion.”
According to the source, Butler considers Rose a friend, but “doesn’t have a lot of respect for his work ethic.’’ In Butler’s mind, Rose was considered the face of the franchise, and if the face of the franchise wasn’t busting his butt in practice every day, especially last season, what was the message to the rest of the team?
he source said that Butler also took note of a Rose comment in the playoffs last season, in which the Bulls point guard was asked if Butler had reached superstar status, and responded, “I think it’s going to take a little minute for Jimmy to get there.”