Butler: It's great to have our leader back

Butler: It's great to have our leader back

August 15, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

Though Tom Thibodeau said over the summer that Jimmy Butler would be the team's starting shooting guard when training camp began, the 6-foot-7 wing still wouldn't commit to having the spot locked down.

Butler took some time out of his summer to speak with children at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle, Ill., and when asked about his starting role deferred to exactly what has got him to this time: continuing to prove himself through hard work.

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"I'm not a starter yet," Butler said with a smile. "We still have training camp to go through. I still have to prove myself and show that I've been working through the whole summer and do what I'm supposed to do."

One thing he did admit, however, is that he's excited about playing in the same backcourt as former MVP Derrick Rose. Butler averaged just 8.5 minutes per game as a rookie -- the last time Rose played. Rose will see a new player in Butler, who improved to 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in his sophomore season. For Butler, a healthy Rose will do wonders for the Bulls.

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"It's crazy to know that you get to play with a guy that you saw growing up, even though he's the same age as you," he said. "What he can do on the offensive end: highlight plays, create for others, and then on the defensive end as well. But it's just great to have your leader back and know that everything gets easier when he's on the court."