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Bulls: Jerian Grant tweets basketball 'means way more to me than just a paycheck'

Bulls: Jerian Grant tweets basketball 'means way more to me than just a paycheck'

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.

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.

Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

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Seven years ago today LeBron James slammed the Bulls' championship window shut

The Bulls couldn't have known it at the time, but when LeBron James blocked a Derrick Rose 3-point attempt in the final seconds of Game 5 in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, it was the closest those Bulls would ever get to the promised land.

It happened on May 26, 2011, seven long, long, long years ago today.

The game was an ugly one and certainly a fourth quarter the Bulls would love to have back. They took a 12-point lead on a Ronnie Brewer 3-pointer with 3:53 remaining. The Heat closed the game on a 19-4 run, with James' emphatic block on Rose the lasting image of the series.

James finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, and added six assists, three steals and two blocks in 46 minutes.

Rose went just 9-for-29, finishing the series shooting 35 percent from the field after being named league MVP over James.

It's probably unfair to say James and James alone shut the Bulls' championship window. Rose's ACL tear the following postseason realistically was the biggest culprit. But these Bulls had won 62 games, had homecourt advantage, had the MVP, the Coach of the Year and all the momentum. And still they couldn't get it done against James.

That win also sent James to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007. He's been there every year since, though that could change as he faces the Celtics on Sunday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson scored 10 of 12 points for the Bulls during a fourth quarter run in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals, the series clincher, and famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch that series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.