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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.