Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade call out teammates following loss
The Chicago Bulls blew a double-digit lead with just 2 minutes left to lose to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night and it just might be the tipping point.
Atlanta outscored the Bulls 19-4 to close out the game and get a 119-114 win. The loss for Chicago comes after a win in Orlando to get back to .500. Now they find themselves below the .500 mark again on the season.
Following the game, both Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade had some harsh remarks for teammates.
Butler criticized teammates for the poor effort. “I want to play with guys that care, guys that play hard, that want to do well for this organization,” Butler said. “Mother f****** just got to care if we win or lose.”
You can listen to Butler’s full comments below via Cody Westerlund:
Jimmy Butler wants the Bulls to care more pic.twitter.com/FshLPDyjuC
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) January 26, 2017
He wasn’t the only one upset.
“This can’t be acceptable,” Wade said. “You want to do something besides have an NBA jersey & make some money. That’s all we’re doing around here.”
Wade went on to comment about the younger players on the roster.
“It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts these young guys,” Wade said. “They have to want it.”
Westerlund also hints that both Wade and Butler were upset at shots by Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser late in the game.
Perhaps the most telling tale in this game came from Butler. He ignored a timeout request by head coach Fred Hoiberg:
Jimmy Butler does not agree with Fred Hoiberg. pic.twitter.com/QclSinkKIj
— ⓂarcusD2.0 (@_MarcusD2_) January 26, 2017
Yeah, this isn’t good.