In simplest terms, let that serve as the teaser for what’s going to happen on Tuesday night when theMiami Heat raise their second straight championship banner and third one overall just before opening the season against the Chicago Bulls, one of their biggest rivals.
The Heat will get their rings in an elaborate pregame ceremony, one that everyone — well, almost everyone — inside the building will be watching. The Bulls plan to stay in their locker room for the festivities, and it’s somewhat logical to think they’ll be spending part of that time verbalizing some sort of sentiment about emerging and spoiling the party.
”We don’t like them and they don’t like us,” James said. ”It’s not like it’s unheard of. We all know what it is. They don’t like us, so we don’t like them.”
True, there’s plenty of dislike. Bulls center Joakim Noah’s ”Hollywood as hell” description of the Heat, uttered more than two years ago after Miami ousted Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals, remains one good example. The physicality of last year’s East semifinal series between the clubs, which Rose watched from the bench while sitting out the season, remains another.]
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