Chicago Bulls Rumors
Vincent Goodwill: Fred Hoiberg on Jimmy Butler: “He feels better. We still don’t have a timeframe but the important thing is he’s feeling a lot better.” Hoiberg said there’s still a lot of soreness in the knee and he doubts he plays Wednesday but can’t say for sure,
Meanwhile, as the Sun-Times reported last week, the two-headed snake of Gar/Pax is already starting to turn on each other – or at least one of the heads is – with several NBA sources saying that Forman has been busy trying to wipe his fingerprints off of the decisions gone bad just in case Reinsdorf does start taking a look at front office changes. That, however, doesn’t fix the now. Hoiberg’s first priority is continuing to try and make his players understand that soft is no way to go through an NBA game. No easy feat considering the roster is full of different agendas, but a message he feels he is well-equipped to deliver.
NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler was offered a ticket to watch his friend, Demaryius Thomas, and his beloved Denver Broncos play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. The NBA schedule, though, provided a different plan. “I can’t go, man. I have to worry about the Bulls winning games,” Butler told Yahoo Sports recently. “I got to do what I have to do to help this team win. I am disappointed. We have the day off, but I’d have a lot of travel to get to the Super Bowl.
Butler said he met Thomas at the ESPY Awards a couple years ago. Butler, whose mom abandoned him at age 13, reached out to Thomas on Twitter in November 2014 after reading a story about Thomas’ difficult childhood, which included his mother and grandmother going to prison. “I just touched base when I found out a little bit about his background, him being from the country and, obviously, his mom’s situation,” Butler told Yahoo Sports. “We kind of just bonded. All the obstacles he’s been through and how hard he’s worked to get to where he is, I really respect that. It builds character.
An MRI performed today on Bulls forward Jimmy Butler’s left knee confirmed that he sustained a knee strain in the second quarter of last night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. The timeline for his return to play will be determined by further evaluation in Chicago and his response to treatment.
Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler will not play Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a sprained left knee. Butler injured the knee late in the second quarter of Friday night’s loss to the Denver Nuggets. He was scheduled to have an MRI on the knee Saturday morning in Minneapolis. The results of that MRI were unclear, though Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg had said Friday that the initial diagnosis was that Butler did not have any ligament damage.