Guard Jimmy Butler had to get away. Last season, he felt under-used offensively and overlooked when D.J. Augustin was running the point and even had a sit-down with coach Tom Thibodeau before the Bulls’ victory in Game 3 against the Wizards to discuss it. He had just played 53 minutes and scored only six points in a Game 2 overtime loss Butler averaged 15.7 points in the last three playoff games after “the talk,’’ but he needed the summer to decompress. That’s why Butler was hardly seen at the Berto Center in the offseason. That’s why he’s leaner and in better shape. And that’s why he has entered the preseason focused solely on basketball despite continuing contract-extension talks. “I’ve said it a couple of times already, but all I know is, yes, it’s my contract year, but I feel like I’ve got to play well and do whatever it takes to help us win,’’ Butler said. “The rest is stuff I’m not concerning myself with.’’ Butler’s 2013-14 season wasn’t necessarily a disappointment, but it wasn’t what was hoped for. After emerging in the second half of his second season, Butler was penciled in as a starter last season at the start of camp. A toe injury, however, forced him to miss a good portion of the preseason, and Thibodeau thinks he never fully recovered from it.
Jimmy Butler looking to bounce back after so-so season
Chicago Sun-Times | Oct 10