"M*ther f*ckers just got to care if we win or lose."
Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade didn't hold back after last night's loss to the Atlanta Hawks, ripping into their teammates for "not caring enough" and saying point blank, "M*ther f*ckers just got to care if we win or lose."
Those comments from D-Wade and Butler, respectively, came immediately after the Bulls blew a 10-point lead with just three minutes to play on their home floor. Chicago is currently 23-24 which has them in the eighth seed in the East, but they've lost six of their last 10 and are trending in the wrong direction heading into the All-Star break.
Here's more of what Wade had to say after the demoralizing loss to Atlanta.
"I don't know if they care enough," Wade said of his teammates. "So I can't say it is. I wish I could say that everyone in here is going to go home and not eat tonight. I can't say that. I wish I could, but I don't know that they care enough. Games are supposed to hurt. You're not supposed to sleep. You're not supposed to want to talk to anybody. These games are supposed to hurt. I don't know if that is in guys in this locker room. Hopefully they can prove me wrong, but I will challenge them to see if losses like this hurt."
"This game is more than just shot makes and misses. I don't know. Guys have to answer that question themselves. I'm not at home with people, but I don't know if I see enough guys who really, really want it. As long as it's like this, it has to hurt them. I'm 35 years old, man. I've got three championships. It shouldn't hurt me more than it hurts these young guys. They have to want it. If they don't want it, then we'll show up and play Friday. Hopefully we win; if we don't, we [do it] again. Keep it going until the season's over. It has to change. It has to hurt inside to lose games like this. This s--- should f---ing hurt."
Butler shared the same sentiment.
"M-----f-----s just got to care if we win or lose," Butler said. "At the end of the day, do whatever it takes to help the team win. You play your role to the tee. Be a star in your role, man. That's how you win in this league, man. You have to embrace what this team, what this organization needs for you to do on either end of the floor. On top of everything else, just play every possession like it's your last. We don't play hard all the time. It's very disappointing whenever we don't play hard."
After speaking with the media, Wade sent out the following tweet summing up his feelings with one, simple Michelle Obama meme.