The Chicago Bulls’ feuding stars didn’t back down from their stances Friday even as management expressed exasperation that the team’s internal rifts have been opened up to public view.
A day after Rajon Rondo used social media to take a shot at Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler for their comments questioning the team’s effort in Wednesday’s loss to the Hawks, the team dynamic was the only topic of conversation during a post-shootaround media availability Friday.
“I wasn’t trying to be the bad guy but I have a great relationship with the young guys and they had some things to say,” Rondo said, via the Chicago Tribune.
He added: “It’s not that guys don’t like each other. It’s just that things got out that shouldn’t have. But there’s no tension between us.”
Wade told reporters he had no regrets about speaking out and would have no trouble working with Rondo moving forward.
“As a leader, sometimes you can’t be liked,” he said. “I’m OK with that.”
Butler echoed Wade’s sentiments, saying: “I don’t have any problem with Rajon. He spoke his mind. I spoke my mind. Move on.”
The Bulls are 23-24 and sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference entering Friday night’s game against Wade’s longtime team, the Heat, at United Center.
“I think being a ‘seller’ is sort of a misnomer,” DeWitt said during that June 30 press conference. “We’re not selling to dump payroll. We’re not selling, we’re looking to improve, both short-term and long-term. So if we have a short-term asset and we can get a long-term asset, I don’t view that as selling, I view that as investing.”
At that point, the Cardinals were four games under .500, in third place in the NL Central, 3.5 games behind the first-place Brewers. Heading into Thursday’s series finale against the Mets at Citi Field, the Cardinals are two games under .500, in third place in the NL Central, 4.5 games behind the first-place Brewers.