ORLANDO, Fla. — Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler is seemingly backtracking on comments he made regarding his injured left knee.
Butler told reporters Saturday that he doesn’t think his knee will require surgery, according to the Chicago Tribune. The comments came just one day after the guard reportedly said exploratory surgery would “maybe” be an option in the offseason.
“I don’t think I’m going to need surgery in the offseason,” Butler said after Saturday morning’s shootaround in Orlando, Fla. The Bulls are in Florida to take on the Magic.
Butler injured his knee Feb. 5 during a game in Denver, after which he missed 14 of 15 games. He received clearance to play back on March 10 from both team physician Brian Cole and orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, but has struggled in his last seven games since his return.
“I don’t know if it’s hurting or it’s just all in my mind,” Butler said. “That’s where it starts. I don’t want to make anything worse. I don’t know what to call it. I just have to go play and stop thinking so much.”
The Bulls trail the Detroit Pistons by two games for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with 11 left to play.