Chicago Bulls Rumors
The minor Tuesday night skirmish between Mason Plumlee and Jimmy Butler has gone from heated to silly in a hurry. After the Chicago Bulls defeated the Trail Blazers 93-88, Butler told reporters in the visiting locker room at the Moda Center that he was not happy about receiving a technical foul — and the accompanying $2,500 fine — and planned to ask Plumlee to cover the cost. “He cost me $2,500,” Butler told reporters. “I’m not happy about that. I’m going to ask him to pay me back — and I’m not playing.” The incident came with 4:17 left in a competitive game. During a Bulls offensive possession, Butler stepped near the free throw line to set a screen. Plumlee, who was charging in Butler’s direction, plowed through the screen and knocked Butler to the court.
Butler, 5th NBA season “On a long trip, we’re normally on the West Coast so I got to bring my swimming trunks and my slippers. Nah, I just bring a lot of clothes. I’m fashionable, baby, unlike some guys. (laughs) A lot of different clothes. A lot of different Jordans. I pack sometimes. Sometimes my brothers pack for me. It isn’t too hard. Just bring a couple suits, some matching Jordans to go with pants and a button-up. I try to look nice.
Gasol, 15th NBA season “I just try to keep it simple. It depends on the length of the trip, obviously. But you never want to pack anything extravagant or unnecessary. I’m quick and tidy, especially because I like to wear suits. “On the plane, I like to read. I play cards. That makes the flights go a little bit faster. It also creates a little bonding between the guys, which I think is important.”
So, what are your initial thoughts on this very realistic matchup? Kerr: My initial thoughts are that it is literally impossible to even compare, because the rules are so different and the eras are so different. We would overload the strong side on [Michael] Jordan, and they would call illegal defense; and they would put their hands all over [Stephen] Curry, and the refs would call a foul. That make sense?
Kerr: Ah, well that’s interesting. The only thing I know for sure is I had no chance to guard Steph. So I would say, we would probably have had to put a combination of Scottie [Pippen] and Harp [Ron Harper] on Steph. You didn’t expect this to be hard, did you? Kerr: No. I do think that we would have — when I say “we,” I’m saying from a playing standpoint. I mean, this is hard to even know whether I’m saying “we” or “they.”
What about the Rodman versus Draymond matchup you talked about. Who gets the better of that? Kerr: That would have been fun to watch, wouldn’t it? You know, Draymond’s a much more skilled basketball player in terms of ballhandling and playmaking and shooting, making 3s, that kind of thing. I think Dennis was a real inspiration to Draymond, though, in terms of the hustle and the rebounding. Nobody’s ever rebounded like Dennis since Dennis. He had a way of impacting games emotionally that reminds me a lot of Draymond. I imagine there would have been a few technicals involved. Maybe a fight or two.