He huffed and puffed to reporters? How about that keep asking him about it, which they do. He's been given the freedom to answer these questions that keep coming to him from interested reporters. Why not use it?
How about not making any excuse at all.
I don’t give a damn about pre-season but there was a serious lack of effort from pretty much the entire team.
Shank Butler and send a message about accountability to the entire team.