Bulls had their annual Media Day on Friday at the Berto Center in Deerfield, Illinois.
The players are excited to be back with their teammates and are determined to have another successful season.
One player whose is thought of to have a breakout season is Jimmy Butler. After spending most of his rookie season on the bench, Butler became an important piece to the success of the Bulls last season.
With Derrick Rose out, Butler took initiative to produce more and become more of a factor in games and especially in the playoffs.
Butler played all 82 games last year, averaging 8.6 points and four rebounds a game in on an average of 26 minutes. Butler averaged 40.8 minutes in the playoffs and 13.3 points, including 40.5 percent on 3-pointers. Needless to say, he was tired by the end of the season.
In an ESPN report, Butler talked about playing alongside Rose and his play last season.
“I don’t want to come out of the game,” Butler said of last season. “Whenever you get it, then you (realize you’ve) asked for too much, more than your mouth can bite off. But it was fun. I learned so much. My confidence definitely got higher.”
Playing alongside Rose you would think there will be some adjustments to his game, but Butler does not think so though.
“Getting used to being so wide open because he draws so many double-teams and everybody has to help off him,” Butler said.
If everything goes as planned for the Bulls, Butler will only get better from Rose’s return due to all the attention Rose causes.
Photo courtesy goes to Ash Astroworld Williams.