Heat, Bulls share mutual dislike
BY MICHAEL O’BRIEN Staff Reporter October 29, 2013 12:54PM
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Updated: October 29, 2013 2:40PM
LeBron James has already said it and Chris Bosh wasn’t about to disagree on Tuesday morning.
“I know (the Bulls) don’t like us very much,” Bosh said. We don’t like them either.”
So it is well established that the Bulls and Heat don’t like one another. The rivalry seems more rooted in good, competitive basketball than any personal animosity (Joakim Noah possibly excluded).
“We are trying to win a championship, they are trying to win a championship,” Bosh said. “You can’t pat your opponent on the back if you are trying to get to the promised land.”
Don’t expect the Bulls and Heat to engage in any pre game handshakes. According to Bosh, Miami also doesn’t shake hands with San Antonio and Indiana. The Heat obviously consider the Bulls to be one of the most physical teams in the league.
“It’s gonna be power, bully ball,” Bosh said. “Both teams are going to try to get up and down the court in transition and get some easy buckets. I don’t think there will be one easy shot tonight.”
“We know what to expect from the Bulls: a man’s game,” Shane Battier said. “It’s a man’s game.”
Rose seemed amused when he was told that the Heat practiced with football pads on Monday.
“That’s kind of crazy,” Rose said. “I don’t think we’re going to foul them like that. If they go to the hole, of course we’re going to hit them. But I don’t think it’s going to be anything like football.”