The Chicago Bulls after coming out of the gate winning their three first games followed it up losing three consecutive games. It has quickly seen erased the progress that they have made so far. In light of that, Jimmy Butler has come out to voice his disgruntlement with their recent struggles.
“We knew we were going to hit adversity at one point. We didn’t know it’d be now. We can’t start games like this, dig ourselves a hole, come out with no energy. We don’t even look like we’re out there competing.”
“It’s going to have to be me to lead the charge when it comes to coming out with the right energy, making sure we’re doing everything we’re supposed to do at both ends. I’m definitely capable of doing that. I can’t come out lackadaisical. I have to make sure everybody is doing what they’re supposed to do. That’s on us. That’s not even on the coaches. I haven’t started out as aggressive as I should. I should always be the most aggressive one coming out of the gate.”
Although the tone of his comments look to be a shot at his own team, it’s more towards him coming out and taking charge. If he’s the face of the franchise, it’s on him to take initiative and be the driving force on both ends of the court for the Bulls. He has shown in the past that he’s fully capable of doing that.
At the same time, it’s on their key offseason additions in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo to pick up the slack in other areas. Chicago has the potential to be a force in the Eastern Conference if they can figure things ou and possible challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers. That said, Chicago still has plenty of time to figure things out with it being so early in the season.