Jimmy Butler and Fred Hoiberg Have Chemistry Issues

Oct 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg looks toward Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during their pre-season game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

After a season filled with tremendous disappointment, it is hard to not see why players of the Chicago Bulls are losing faith in their head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Whether or not Hoiberg has been a team problem, one player who has had problems with the first year head coach is veteran Bull, Jimmy Butler.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

“Chemistry issues continue to plague the Bulls’ locker room, league sources told The Vertical. Grumblings range from Hoiberg’s inability to hold players accountable – a complaint registered publicly by Butler last December and one that lingers in the locker room today, a source said – to Butler’s shoddy shot selection to the disconnect within the team offensively”

Since they have moved on from former head coach Tom Thibodeau, they have lost that offensive fire power that we all remember the Bulls having. At the time, it was such a surprise that they were able to have so much success because they had the issue of Derrick Rose and his injuries. They still do not, but not as significantly. The Bulls have dropped from 10th to 27th overall in points per possession.

They are a very uptempo team that is lacking the type of talent to run that offense. Having Rose and Pau Gasol be your leaders in shots per minute doesn’t make much sense.

Having Jimmy Butler as the star of this team has not gone over well with some other players. It makes sense, but it is ultimately affecting team chemistry. Butler is the best player on the team by far and there is not denying that. He hasn’t always made it easy on himself either. He has been bashed for shot selection and it seems like fans and players around him want to put the blame on that reason.

The Bulls have made this a problem. They haven’t looked happy much on the court as they’ve slipped out of playoff position and things are getting out of hand fast.

It might be too little too late for the Bulls as the problems keep building up at the wrong time.


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