Jimmy Butler posted a heartfelt message on Instagram following the trade of Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose & Jimmy ButlerJeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports

By now, every basketball fan has heard that Derrick Rose has been traded to the New York Knicks, and Chicago Bulls fans are lamenting. But Rose’s now-former teammate Jimmy Butler took to Instagram to post a great message about how much the 2011 NBA MVP has meant to him. The caption can be seen below.

The comment reads:

My point guard, my brother: you taught me so much since I came into this league as a 21 year old kid from Marquette. For me, coming to Chicago to play and learn from you, an MVP, was eye-opening. You helped shape me into the player I am today. Helped teach me the work ethic needed to excel in this league. You are a leader, thru and thru. Always a supportive teammate and friend. I’ll always be thankful for the opportunity I had to play alongside you each night and I know you’re going to continue to be the great player and leader you were in Chicago for years to come.”

Real recognize real. Simple as that.

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