Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler sounded off on some of the younger Bulls players following their 119-114 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
The two stars, who combined for 73 points in the stunning loss, questioned whether the other players in the locker room cared enough or worked hard enough to give the Bulls (23-24) a chance to win each night.
Among the quotes was Wade, who said that "this can't be acceptable if you want to do something besides have an NBA jersey on and make some money. And that's all we're doing around here."
Well, apparenetly it didn't take long for that to not sit well with one of those younger players.
Point guard Jerian Grant sent out these tweets about an hour after Wade and Butler spoke to the media.
Tough loss, that hurt for sure. But I play hard TO WIN every second I'm out there, and grind everyday for everything I have.— Jerian Grant (@JerianGrant) January 26, 2017
I've played this game since I was 4yrs old. Basketball is in my blood and means way more to me than just a paycheck.— Jerian Grant (@JerianGrant) January 26, 2017
The ONLY way I know how to play, is to win.— Jerian Grant (@JerianGrant) January 26, 2017
My point is I work hard, I play hard, and I play to win for our team.— Jerian Grant (@JerianGrant) January 26, 2017
Grant, of course, does not mention Wade or Butler by name, but that the word "paycheck" was used in the second tweet is a clear indicator of what the point guard is referencing.
It should be noted that neither Wade nor Butler called out any player by name while speaking with the media. They did question shot selection, but Grant was not on the floor when the Bulls collapsed on both ends of the floor.
Grant, who made his second straight start, scored five points and handed out three assists in 19 minutes before Hoiberg opted to go without a point guard for much of the second half.
"As individuals, guys got to look at themselves in the mirror and see, do you really care enough? Are you putting everything into this for your teammates and for yourself?" Wade said. "I would say no, but guys have to look themselves in the mirror and see if they're doing it."
The Bulls don't practice on Friday, so we'll need to wait until Saturday to see what's next in the soap opera that has become the Chicago Bulls.
Wade also tweeted, but in a much more subtle form.