President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on the entry of non-American citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries has caused a headache for a lot of people, including those in the NBA.
The NBA has contacted the State Department for clarification on how the ban might affect the league and teams with players from those countries.
“That’s one of the things in the meeting: Young guys just want a little bit more from him,” Gibson told ESPN, noting that Wade practiced Saturday. “And he brung it today. He pushed the young guys. And that’s a sign that that meeting did a little something.
“It’s all about positive. We’re not trying to have any negative aspects, anything like that. We got everybody against us right now. The only people who are going to help us out of this is ourselves. And we understand that. And [executive VP John Paxson] said it in the meeting yesterday, too.”
Wade and Butler started Friday’s loss to the Miami Heat on the bench as punishment for their comments following Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Butler told reporters Wednesday that the Bulls “don’t play hard all the time.” Meanwhile, Wade called out some of his teammates for not caring about winning, saying “I can’t be frustrated and I can’t care too much for these guys. [They] have to care for themselves.”
Bulls guard Rajon Rondo then interjected himself in the story Thursday after making a lengthy post on Instagram in which he criticized Butler and Wade.
ESPN reported the Bulls fined all three players an undisclosed amount.