After the Bulls lost to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler took shots at their own team via the media. Wade said “I don’t know if people care enough…. It just doesn’t mean enough to guys around here and it pisses me off.” Wade continued to lay into his team saying, “I’m 35 years old. I have three championships. It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts these young guys. They have to want it. I can look at Jimmy and say Jimmy is doing his job. I think Jimmy can look at me and say Dwyane is doing his job. I don’t know if we can keep going down the line and be able to say that.”
Notably missing from that quote is Rajon Rondo which is telling because when he first signed with Chicago everyone saw him as a member of their “Big 3″. Of course a lot has happened since, with Rondo being benched multiple times throughout the season. Jimmy Butler added fuel to the Wade’s fire saying, ” This is your job. I want to play with guys who care.”
The biggest shot came from Wade when he said “This just can’t be acceptable if you want to do anything besides have an NBA jersey on and make some money. That’s all we’re doing.” That is some harsh criticism coming from the two leaders of the team. After these comments it makes you wonder how other Bulls players would react and it didn’t take long for one of them to do so.
Rajon Rondo took to Instagram to voice his opinion on what Butler and Wade had to say. He went back to his years in Boston and talked about how Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce would take the blame on their shoulders instead of blaming the younger guys. He also said if anything is questionable its the leadership of Wade and Butler.
My vets would never go to the media. They would come to the team. My vets didn't pick and choose when they wanted to bring it. They brought it every time they stepped in the gym whether it was practice or a game. They didn't take days off. My vets didn't care about their numbers. My vets played for the team. When we lost, they wouldn't blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work. Even in Boston when we had the best record in the league, if we lost a game, you could hear a pin drop on the bus. They showed us the seriousness of the game. My vets didn't have an influence on the coaching staff. They couldn't change the plan because it didn't work for them. I played under one of the greatest coaches, and he held everyone accountable. It takes 1-15 to win. When you isolate everyone, you can't win consistently. I may be a lot of things, but I'm not a bad teammate. My goal is to pass what I learned along. The young guys work. They show up. They don't deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it's the leadership.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Bulls stars can come together, right the ship, and get past this drama.