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Jimmy Butler gave the Bulls an ultimatum and they chose Fred Hoiberg over him

Jimmy Butler gave the Bulls an ultimatum and they chose Fred Hoiberg over him

Jimmy Butler pulls no punches when discussing his former team.

The NBA star is enjoying his first year with the Minnesota Timberwolves as "one of the older guys" and recently did an interview with ESPN's Sam Alipour where the two took on a Minnesota lake...and lost.

And of course, there's a shot at the Bulls in there.

Alipour sets up Butler by asking him why he thinks the Bulls got rid of a bonafide star in the middle of his prime.

Butler's response was equal parts elightening and stunning:

"I probably went about a lot of things the wrong way," Butler said. "People don't work as hard as I do and don't expect the same things out of the game that I do. And that's my fault and I've learned from that. I said from the beginning — it was either gonna me or the Fred Hoiberg route. And rightfully so, they took Fred. Good for them. I've got that game marked on my calendar: Feb. 9 baby, I'm back."

Beyond the Bulls smack talk, there's also Butler falling out of a canoe (2:30 mark) and trying to make fire by rubbing two sticks together.

And no revealing interview with Butler would be complete without the two-way player's perception of Tom Thibodeau, especially at the beginning — "Couldn't stand him. I would never use the word hate, but he was right there."

Check out the whole interview. It's a must-watch for Bulls fans.

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen has career-high 26 points in loss to Suns

Lauri Markkanen continues to impress.

The 20-year-old rookie had a career-high 26 points in the Bulls' 113-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He also picked up 13 rebounds.

After the game, in which the Bulls fell to 3-11 on the season, coach Fred Hoiberg had high praise for the Finnish.

"I thought Lauri was phenomenal," Hoiberg said. "But when he is open, we gotta get him the ball. When he's got it rolling like he did tonight, guys were switching and we had him a couple of times with the point guard buried in his back and we didn't get him the ball."

Watch what Hoiberg had to say about the Bulls' tight loss in the video above.

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

Road Ahead: Bulls prep for Lonzo Ball and the Lakers

The Bulls have a busy week ahead of them.

It will kick off on Tuesday when Fred Hoiberg & Co. take on Lonzo Ball and the Lakers in Los Angeles.

After that, the Bulls will head to Utah and face the Jazz on Wednesday, followed by the defending champ Golden State Warriors on Friday. Both games — against the Jazz and Warriors — will be on NBC Sports Chicago, and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

See what Mark Schanowski, Vincent Goodwill, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue had to say about the upcoming week in the latest Honda Road Ahead.