LOL, yes, the Bulls media machine was more than happy to leak those Butler stories months after the Bulls front office decided to smear the top 3 in the NBA head coach during a season where the Bulls had a realistic shot to make the NBA Finals. (how does the results of exit interviews make their way into the press anyway?) The front office had decided to fire Thibs long, long before. They then got busy with the work of poisoning the environment and some of the players against the head coach.Butler was one of the players training halfway across the country because he couldn't stomach more Thibs over the summer. He was supposedly one of the biggest supporters of his ouster. You don't think the best player on the team wanting the coach gone helped enable GarPax to can him? Particularly when he was a FA the Bulls wanted to re-sign? Mmmkay.
Butler may be happy to run right back into Thibs' arms now after a year of Holberg. Perhaps he's come to regret it, but it seems evident he was instrumental in his firing.
I understand, though. In your world, all Bulls problems must emanate exclusively from the FO, so you'll just reject these facts out of hand.
One year later, the Paxson led front office has taken the team out of the playoffs and into NBA irrelevancy.
A pretty awful front office, don't you think?
If he decided to leave the loving embrace of Uncle Jerry, what kind of offer to you think he would get on the open NBA market?
Hint: Not a very good one, if any.
We just saw how the open NBA market rewarded Thibs.