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Butler smiled through his brief postgame chat with reporters and said neither the turmoil nor the bench role affected his play. “Disengaged? Nah. It was a little different,” he said. “I was still into it. I knew what I was supposed to be doing. I still took the shots I always take. That’s fine. “I’ll be back. I promise. I’m not worried about it at all.
Nick Friedell: Butler says he will still go to “war” with Rondo. Says he’ll prepare the same way he always does.
Vincent Goodwill: Butler: it can go one or two ways. Get better and win or sit and lost. If we win its a good thing. If we lose it wasn’t
KC Johnson: Butler said he didn’t read Rondo’s post.
People who know Rondo believe he can still be a starter in Chicago, but it can’t be with the current group. “Rajon has to play with guys who are more suited to the way he plays,” one person close to him said. “If he’s with some shooters and some slashers, he’ll be fine. They’ll be fine. I think he and Butler can play together, and maybe Wade and Butler can play together. But he and Wade and Butler can’t play together.”
It’s tough to make hard and fast judgments from preseason games, but there is some serious doubt around the NBA regarding Chicago’s constellation of All-Stars. Adding Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo to Jimmy Butler looks good on paper, but they will have to tweak their games to make the band sing in tune. “Rondo, Wade and Butler are all ball-stoppers,” an opposing executive said. “None of them are great cutters or guys that move without the ball. They’re all isolation-type players. They’re all very good players, but it doesn’t seem to be a good fit.”
KC Johnson: Jimmy Butler: “But I’m not going to take a step backward because I have new players on my team. I’m going to still be aggressive. I’ll still guard. I’ll have a voice in the locker room. I’ll say what needs to be said. What I want them guys to do whenever I’m on some bulls**t, I want them to tell me. I want you to say my name, man to man.”
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April 22, 2018 | 10:00 pm EDT Update
Bradley Beal said he thought he got so emotional after fouling out that the officials might send him back to the locker room. “I was beyond emotional, beyond mad, pretty much any synonym you can add to the list,” Beal said.
Candace Buckner: Marcin Gortat with the line of the night on John Wall playmaking. It’s either a genius nod to Wall’s comments back in Feb. or just an intentionally great word choice but Gortat said: He’s spoonfeeding me and I’m getting fat.”
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks on John Wall in the last 5 minutes without Bradley Beal: “A very determined player… that was attacking. He’s a big shot maker and play maker. It was what you expect and what you want from your all-star.”
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks didn’t like the free-throw disparity after the first quarter but felt the #Wizards did foul a lot, especially when it came on DeRozan’s drives. “18 free throws is too often but we put them on the line.”
Josh Lewenberg: DeRozan: “There were some late-game shots that I wish I could take back. But it was just my mindset… being aggressive, wanting to win, doing whatever it took offensively to push it to a win. But with that came some bad shots that I’mma definitely understand next time.”
Jalen Adams, UConn’s leader in scoring and assists the past two seasons, will not test the NBA’s draft process. He announced in a video posted on social media Sunday that he is returning to UConn for his senior season.