In recent news, Chicago Bulls head coach, Fred Hoiberg, raved about Jimmy Butler's leadership skills and compared them to Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett.
At least Hoiberg didn't make the mistake of comparing Butler's offense or defense to either of the two basketball legends. He merely compared his competitiveness and energy to both Jordan and Garnett.
"I'm telling you, the amount of work he puts in ... even during two-a-days, he would still come in a third time,'' coach Fred Hoiberg said of Butler, according to UpRoxx. "I mean the guys is unbelievable how much energy he has. He's just so dedicated to putting the right things in his body, his training, and he wants to continue to add to his game every year. I take my hat off to him. It's been fun to see everything he's been able to do out there on the floor.''
Now, amidst the rumors of Butler trying to replace Derrick Rose as the Bulls' true leader, his energy, consistency and dedication show how hard Butler is truly working to become the superstar and leader that Rose was never able to become (possibly due to his lack of understanding on how to be a leader?).
"I was fortunate enough, I played with a guy you might remember named Kevin Garnett,'' Hoiberg said, as reported by the Chicago SunTimes. "He was one of the best. Everyone followed because of the amount of time guys like that put in the gym. It's not an accident that guys like that are superstars. When Michael [Jordan] played here, that was another great example of a guy that just pulled everyone with him. And Jimmy wants that.
"He wants to assume that role with leadership, getting guys with him. He had Doug with him for a couple weeks in San Diego, working out with him, and I think that's a testament to what he wants to do as far as team goals, when you've got a guy that's one of the best players in the league that also works the hardest.''
It's not just Hoiberg who feels this way about Butler – the Bulls franchise does, too. During this offseason, the Bulls signed Butler to a five-year, $95 million deal (which happens to be $1 million more than the face of the Bulls' franchise, Derrick Rose's contract). It's fairly obvious that Butler, who is only 26 years old, is definitely the type of player you can and should build your team around (unlike the Bulls' franchise player, Derrick...).
Hopefully, Butler will be able to continue to deliver this leadership to the Bulls throughout the rest of this season and help to lead the Bulls to a championship.
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