Jimmy Butler posts goodbye message to Derrick Rose on Instagram
Chicago is still trying to figure out how they feel about the Bulls trading point guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks.
As the city continues to cope with the move of the hometown kid, at least one former teammate has posted a emotional goodbye. Wing Jimmy Butler thanked Rose via his Instagram with a heartfelt message for his brother and point guard:
My point guard, my brother: you taught me so much since I came into this league as a 21 year old kid from Marquette. For me, coming to Chicago to play and learn from you, an MVP, was eye-opening. You helped shape me into the player I am today. Helped teach me the work ethic needed to excel in this league. You are a leader, thru and thru. Always a supportive teammate and friend. I'll always be thankful for the opportunity I had to play alongside you each night and I know you're going to continue to be the great player and leader you were in Chicago for years to come.
Reports surfaced during the season that Butler and Rose were having a tough time coexisting in Fred Hoiberg’s offense, after both wanted the offense to go through them. Butler received a new contract last offseason, as Rose is set to head into the final year of his contract this season.
Now for the first time since the 2010 season they will not be teammates.