Rumblings about an ongoing beef between Bulls stars Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose simply aren’t true, according to Butler’s agent, Happy Walters.
"There's no feud," Walters told the Chicago Tribune. "This isn't like Kobe and Shaq where the guys don't like each other. Derrick has always been really cool with Jimmy, embraced him when he got there. When Derrick was hurt, Jimmy was there to help. Derrick came back and he helped Jimmy when he was hurt. Derrick's best friend was the point guard for Jimmy's junior-college team. There are a lot of connections."
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Rumblings of tension between the two started after the Bulls fell to the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Butler reportedly thought Rose was too passive as he took only four shots in the second half. Butler, meanwhile, put up 12 shots.
"I don't think we have any issues. I think we're fine," Butler told Rolling Stone magazine recently. "I think we're two basketball players that want to win games. That's where I'll leave it at. I think we just wanna win, bring a championship the city, to the organization. I think that's our job. And I think we're gonna do whatever it takes to make that happen. I have a lot of respect for the guy."
The Bulls and new coach Fred Hoiberg sure hope the two get along after signing Butler to a five-year max deal earlier in the offseason.
During the regular season, Rose and Butler played together in just 45 games, but the team fared well, going 28-17 in those games. In the postseason, each of the two All-Stars averaged more than 20 points per game, so they should be just fine.