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Jimmy Butler Appears To Throw Some Subtle Shade At His Former Bulls Coach In Recent Interview


It'd be fair to say that former Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler and current Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg weren't on the greatest of terms while Butler played under Hoiberg between 2015 and 2017.

That sentiment has only been echoed by Minnesota's newest swingman, who in a recent sit-down interview with Michael Pina of Vice Sports, shed some light on his relationship with Hoiberg, admitting that their clashing personalities led Butler to become frustrated during his time in Chicago.

"I'm confrontational. I feed off of confrontation. It makes me go. Not everybody's like that. (Fred Hoiberg) is not that coach, and there's nothing wrong with that. There are different coaching styles and people are gonna say - which is what they did say - 'It's gonna be Jimmy's team or it's gonna be Fred's team.' Two total opposite ends of the spectrum. They're either gonna try to win it now or they're gonna go young. And you see which way they went with it. Completely fine. Yo, it's y'all's business. It's y'all's organization. It's cool. And now I'm in Minnesota and couldn't be happier."

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When looking back at the pairing, the two didn't start out on the best of terms, as Butler called out Hoiberg for his 'laid-back attitude' after a 107-91 blowout loss to the New York Knicks back in December of 2015.

“I believe in the guys in this locker room, yeah, but I also believe that we probably have to be coached a lot harder at times. I know Fred is a laidback guy and I respect him for that, but when guys aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do, you gotta get on guys, myself included. You gotta do what you’re supposed to do when you’re out there playing basketball."

The relationship only worsened between the two, as the three-time All-Star was seen disregarding his coach's request for a timeout back in January of this year.

Thankfully for Jimmy though, he won't have to deal with the same situation in Minnesota, as he has been reunited with his former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.