The Bulls are recovering from a PR crisis, after a very eventful week. Unhappy with critical comments made by Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo posted a now-infamous Instagram rant, in which he cited the team’s “leadership” as the source of blame for recent struggles. The team held a private meeting earlier today, but only time will tell how much longer the Wade-Butler-Rondo unit will remain intact.
Here’s the latest out of Chicago:
- Wade gave a measured response to Rondo’s critiques, refusing to retaliate in similar fashion. “I could take that as a personal attack,” Wade told reporters, including K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “But what’s that going to do for me? Come in and fight Rajon because he said his vets practiced every day? I’m 35. I’m not practicing every day. That’s very clear. Everyone has their own things. My vets did different things too. They were very successful with what they did in Boston.” Johnson noted that even young players were allowed to speak their piece in the team meeting.
- It made no sense for Chicago to bring in Wade and Rondo on a one-year experiment, Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel writes. While the Bulls hold the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference, the team’s chemistry looks to have reached its nadir.
- Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra shared his thoughts on the situation with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “Welcome to the NBA. That’s around every team. What I see is a team that’s in the eight spot right now. They have a very talented team. They have two players generating over 60 percent of their offense, one of them we know very well. That guy’s [Wade] a killer. They have 19 all-star appearances on that team. They have something we would love to be in right now, that’s that eight spot.”
- Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg and team GM Gar Forman noted their disappointment in the conduct of Wade, Butler, and Rondo. “It’s unacceptable to air your grievances through the media,” Hoiberg told reporters. “We talked about that in the very first meeting of the year. If you have issues, sit behind closed doors and talk about it, and we move forward and we get better because of it.” In a limited statement, Forman claimed to have dealt with the situation internally. Interestingly, Wade refused to address a question regarding Hoiberg’s control over the locker room.
- Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune wondered aloud how Forman and John Paxson can keep their jobs as the team disintegrates.