The goal of every NBA player should be to win a ring and when you haven’t won one, you want to surround yourself with guys who have. The Chicago Bulls may have lost Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah but they gained proven ring winners in Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade. The one player that benefits significantly in this situation is Jimmy Butler. Not only does he get to play alongside two good veterans but the knowledge and game he can attain is something you can’t put a value on and Butler understands that:
“That’s what I wanted him (Wade) here, that’s why I wanted Rondo here,” Butler said. “Because they’ve done it, they know what it takes. I want them to show me. If I’m not listening, make me listen.”
Jimmy Butler wants a ring and that’s the type of attitude you want from your star player. Surrounding yourself with winners is the best thing you can do as a young player maturing in the league. Rajon Rondo is someone who can get everyone involved and Wade is another scoring option but also someone who can act as a mentor to an emerging Jimmy Butler. I respect where Butler’s intentions are and his determination, however there’s a ‘big but‘ in this equation.
Jimmy Butler wants a ring and he wanted Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade to help him get there, but it might be too late for that. We have to remember that Rondo is entering his 30’s and his 11th season, while Wade is entering his 14th year with a significant past of well-documented injuries. Physically, I don’t know if these guys can get the Chicago Bulls to the promised land with the rest of the squad that they have. Talent-wise, I just don’t know if the Bulls have enough, and also, the Cleveland Cavaliers are fresh off an NBA Championship with almost the exact same squad they won it with — and I haven’t even mentioned the combination of the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant yet. So with that being said, I love where Jimmy Butler’s head is at, but that ring might not be coming anytime soon.