Jimmy Butler praises Derrick Rose in Instagram post

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The idea that Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose couldn’t stand each other personally was simply never true.

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.

That is an awesome tribute.