Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler believes that the talking has to stop and that the franchise have to win a championship this year.
The Bulls have a new coach in Fred Hoiberg after Tom Thibodeau departed at the end of last season, although the roster has remained relatively unchanged over the summer.
As a result, Butler, who has earned himself a new big-money deal with the organisation, believes that the talk of potential has to stop, and that the players must deliver on the court this season.
Chicago aren’t recognised as one of the top contenders for the title this year, with defending champions the Golden State Warriors arguably at the top of the list.
However, the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs will also have a say in the matter, and so Butler, along with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol to name but a few of the stars in the Windy City, will have a tough time in achieving their objective.
The Bulls saw their hopes ended by LeBron James and the Cavs in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last year, with Cleveland advancing after winning their series 4-2.