That’s not to say they were best pals, or that there wasn’t tension about who was the alpha dog on the team. Rose and Joakim Noah had taken Butler under their wings when he was a rookie and always saw him as a little brother. The problem was they both still saw and treated Butler that way when Butler became the better, more important player. But there was still a bond there, just like brothers.
That respect and bond was evident in Jimmy Butler’s Instagram post when the Rose trade to the Knicks went down.
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My point guard, my brother: you taught me so much since I came into this league as a 21 year old kid from Marquette. For me, coming to Chicago to play and learn from you, an MVP, was eye-opening. You helped shape me into the player I am today. Helped teach me the work ethic needed to excel in this league. You are a leader, thru and thru. Always a supportive teammate and friend. I'll always be thankful for the opportunity I had to play alongside you each night and I know you're going to continue to be the great player and leader you were in Chicago for years to come.
That is an awesome tribute.