Derrick Rose emphatically denies Jimmy Butler feud: ‘It’s so false’

Both Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose are saying all the right things publicly.
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Transition can be difficult, especially when it means handing off leadership from one highly visible person to another. Such transition pops up all the time in the NBA, as players get hurt or age and younger guys step in to fill the void. It’s a process in which the Chicago Bulls are squarely situated currently, as Derrick Rose’s injury history and the growth of Jimmy Butler has turned the Bulls from Rose’s team to one guided by Butler.

But that doesn’t mean there has to be tension. And despite reports of a rift between Rose and Butler, the Bulls point guard continues to downplay reports. On Friday, after Rose had made his preseason debut for the Bulls, he spoke to CSN Chicago to emphatically deny any problems with Butler:

“It's false,” Rose said. “It's so false. It's so false. I love Jimmy as a player and as a person for one. Just knowing what he came from, what he had to go through just to get in this position. He still has a bright future. I'm lucky in my career to be playing with a player where the sky's the limit. Like who knows how good he can be and who knows how good the team can be. It's very exciting not only be playing with this team but with a guy like that.”

As Rose indicates, Butler had a rough time growing up. His father left the family when he was young, and when Butler was 13 years old, his mother kicked him out of the house. He stayed with friends for weeks at a time as he could before being brought into the home of a friend and teammate.

Butler, for his part, has previously told reporters that he doesn’t care "whose team it is" and that he just wants the Bulls to compete for a title.

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