Jimmy Butler admits the Bulls had locker room problems last season

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The Chicago Bulls were, arguably, the most disappointing team of last season after they missed out on the playoffs for the first time in nearly eight years.

They were considered by many to be the second-best team in the Eastern Conference and tipped to be the only legitimate challengers to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

However, none of that materialised and it became clear as the year went on that problems in the locker room was a big reason for their failure.

There was a clear lack of chemistry on the floor and rookie head coach Fred Hoiberg struggled to get the best out of the team he'd inherited from Tom Thibodeau.

Much of the internal problems centred around All-Stars Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Butler had become the best player on the team and was given a leadership role, something that not every player agreed with.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun Times, the 27-year-old explained that was the case and described things in his perspective.

“I say this in the most humble way possible and I mean that, is the [young players] here see Jimmy Butler the two-time All-Star, the Olympian, a 20-point per game scorer, the player I have been since a lot of these young guys came into the league,’’ Butler said.

“They didn’t see the guy that was trying to get off the bench like other people have, and I don’t need to say names. So as my role changed, the way I go about the game changed. If I’m not playing well I’m hurting my team because I’m supposed to be a reason we win.

“Now, the way I handle my business is, ‘Look man, I want to win. I don’t give a [expletive] if you like me or not. I’m here to win.’ ‘’

After Rose was traded to the New York Knicks and Noah also landed there in free agency, Butler has become the face of the franchise.

New recruits Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo immediately made sure that no storylines would be created about this by declaring that this is Jimmy's team.

It seems like everything has fallen into place for the two-time All-Star and he must now step up and make Chicago a competitive force again.

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Chicago Bulls
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