Scout: Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo ignore Fred Hoiberg
The Chicago Bulls somehow continue to devolve into a more dysfunctional mess in a nightmarish season. The latest dose of drama comes from a report where an NBA scout claims Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo routinely ignore Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg’s play calls.
The Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger laid out the potentially damning details of the players’ quasi-mutiny in a piece documenting the Bulls’ continued dysfunction.
Yet the belief persists in front office circles that Butler is no fan of Hoiberg. In fact, a scout with a rival team told Bleacher Report he’s witnessed persistent episodes when Butler, Rondo and Wade have ignored plays Hoiberg has called.
“When Fred would call plays on the sideline, Rondo would just flat-out blow him off,” said the scout, who spoke with Bleacher Report on the condition of anonymity. “Wade does it, too. Butler does it, too. … That becomes infectious.”
Rondo is a known freelancer on offense and Wade has earned latitude in that regard due to his Hall of Fame-caliber career. It’s disconcerting that Butler, whom the Bulls passed on trading earlier this season and is tabbed as the team’s centerpiece, is following his teammates’ lead. Although it’s hard to say from the outside exactly what the players’ motivations may be to ignore Hoiberg’s calls.
Given nothing ever occurs in a vacuum, it’s worth noting that a recent rough stretch has the Bulls (32-35) on the outside looking in on the Eastern Conference playoff race. A 115-109 victory Monday over the Charlotte Hornets did snap Chicago’s five-game losing streak. But things nevertheless remain bleak for the Bulls.
There has been nothing but strife and turmoil for the Bulls throughout the season, from an arguably absolute mess in the front office to perceived issues among the team’s three stars. This most recent unflattering report simply adds more fuel to the fire.
[Pro Basketball Talk]