Within the first few seconds of a teleconference with reporters on Thursday, Bulls first round pick Jimmy Butler talked about how defense will be his specialty and mentioned a couple of unpopular rivals without being prompted.

“I'm going to put in the work to be able to guard LeBron (James) and Dwyane Wade and all those guys so the Bulls can get to that championship,” Butler said from his home in Tomball, Tex.

“I'm working on my outside shot, so I'm going to be able to knock that down. But I think the biggest thing is defense. I'm going to be a pest. I'm going to take up everybody's space, make them work for every little thing.”