Derrick Rose. Jimmy Butler.
Jimmy Butler. Derrick Rose.
Both are players who individually have the ability to cause fits for their opponent. But together can the two Bulls players coexist in Chicago?
It may be against popular belief, but Butler seems to think they can. At least that’s what he said on The Bill Simmons Podcast on Wednesday.
"I think us being one in the same player, maybe I'm a little taller, he's a little faster, we can both attack the rim,” Butler explained. “We can both beat our guy and then get shots for other players. Finish at the rim, midrange and we can both really guard to tell you truth. Get out in the open floor. There are so many things that we have in common that when we utilize those things and play together like that, I think we can be just as unguardable as anybody else."
Butler went on to share his thoughts on if Rose can return to his aggressive, rim-attacking roots next season.
"I think that we will see that this upcoming season. Actually, I know that's what I will see, you will see, everybody see."
It’s no secret the Bulls struggled last season with learning a new offense and overcoming multiple injuries. But Rose continues to be the one who has a spotlight of criticism shined on him for the team’s decline.
“You can say that you feel for him, you understand, but you don't because it didn't happen to you. I don't get mad at him for anything, because he works so incredibly hard. I know he's training right now out here as well. Just to see what he brings to the table every night for his city of Chicago where he was born and bred. I think that for that to happen like it did in the manner it did, every single year, that's tough on him as a point guard.”
“That's tough on you as a player because not only is your body affected; your mind is gone with it. That's all you're worrying about. And rightfully so."