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Bulls’ Butler on Heat three-peat: “We can’t let that happen”

Aug 2, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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Opening night of the NBA season, the Miami Heat are going to raise another banner and get their second set of championship rings.

Then they will have to take on the Chicago Bulls, now with Derrick Rose. The Bulls and Heat have started to develop a nice rivalry and this coming season promises to build on that (if everyone can just stay healthy).

Adding a little fuel to that fire is Bulls two guard Jimmy Butler, who went on ESPN Radio in Chicago and said the Bulls players don’t want to watch the Heat ring ceremony and have to shut down a Heat three-peat (as transcribed at

“I don’t think anybody wants to watch (the ring ceremony) on our team so we won’t pay too much attention to it,” Butler said Tuesday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN Chicago 1000. “They deserved it. They won a championship, definitely, but they got to deal with the Chicago Bulls for 48 minutes coming out right after that, they get their rings….

“I think so,” Butler said when asked about the dislike between the teams. “But it’s not just us, it’s the city. That rivalry, it’s crazy. They’re the back-to-back champions and when you think three-peat, you think Chicago so we can’t let that happen.”

The Bulls — along with the Pacers, plus maybe the Nets and Knicks — can make it a lot harder for the Heat to even get out of the East. Miami basically has stood pat with their roster and are going to have to improve just to get out of their own conference. And that’s not even talking about who comes out of a deep West.

That said the Heat are the team to beat still — they are the back-to-back champs, won 66 games last season and had a 27-game win streak. For all the cracks we saw in their armor during the playoffs, they are still the guys standing on top of the mountain. The Bulls are one team that could knock them off that perch.

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  1. lakerhater2 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Chicago Bulls are a dog – Butler is a dog with fleas. There is no one on the Bulls that Miami wants. Well, we could use Noah…AFTER we apply some serious plastic surgery to his ugly face…

  2. aerorocket - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Butler saying “We”??? With whom is he is counting with? Noah showed grit but he was just plain tired, Nate was a huge spark plug, and Rose was just a huge cheerleader making a lot of money without playing; The Heat still smoked them in just 5 games….again!!! What has changed to make Butler believe they can go past the Heat? The return of the high paid cheerleader??? “The best player in the NBA?? (In his own mind); Really, it will be difficult for The Bulls to go past even the Nets or the Pacers.

    • Daniel Lawson - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      you really going to toot your horn over the Heat beating a Chicago team missing Rose, Deng, Hinrich, and a hobbled Noah? GTFO of here

      • luisvera0316 - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        2010 was the bulls best shot. A healthy d rose and a better bench and shooters with korver and Watson. The heat big 3 and entire team had no experience and chemistry at all. No birdan, no Allen, no cole, and no Shane. Only an injured mike miller as our best bench player and yet my heat still stomped on those bulls come playoff time 4-1. So what makes you think the bulls have a chance now? So u gtfo

    • stayhigh_247 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      put the crack pipe down and back up slowly. Obviously you haven’t been paying attention. Of the teams you mentioned, I think the Pacers could cause match up problems for Chicago, mainly due to depth, but the Bulls always play Miami hard (under manned usually) and you can bet the heat don’t take them as lightly as you do from the sofa. The Nets have to go out and prove it, if it were 10 years ago they’d be the best team in the east if not the league, but alas, it’s not then its now and they will need time to gel, time those old bones aint got, they’re only x factor is Lopez, Chicago can and will put them in check, book it. Wow, you insult the mvp as a cheerleader, really? The Bulls and the Heat have yet to meet when the Bulls are healthy. Look at it this way, the Bulls were still winning games , even a playoff series without DRose, what could Miami win without Lebron? Wade hobbled through the playoffs, Bosh (nuff said), if not for Birdiphile and the rest of the role players the Spurs would be giving Duncan his retirement party right now. Instead of dissing the Bulls, you better hope Oden’s knees hold up and speaking of getting past the Pacers thats something you guys need to worry about.

      • knightrider1755 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        Nah. Getting pass the Pacers is something the Knicks need to worry about.

    • phoenix - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      What an asinine and moronic response. Please, if your going to waste your time and ours, come out with something that resembles an intelligent argument……not some pat Miami cool aid drinking response.

  3. bigdog46 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    The heat will be just fine. Anything oden give them will be a good thing.
    Three peat here he come.

  4. jjones314 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    So let me get this straight……Feared??????

    Why does that matter? If you have 2 titles, back to back, who cares if some idiot says “Yea you might be a 2 time champ, but you’re not feared like so n so was”

    Who gives a crap. People it’s time to let it go. Just accept it. LeBron is a great player and The Heat have won back to back Titles. Period. End of discussion.

    LET IT GO.

  5. ivedoneyourwife - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Bulls Heat will be neat to see

  6. the1whothinks - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Whats up kb2408 the think that makes the Heat so deadly is the fact that they aren’t feared– for 2 consecutive years opponents didn’t fear Mike Millers accuracy, Dwade timely ressurgance, Lebron ability to find yet another gear—Cemetaries are filled with people who didn’t allow fear to influence thier paths, imagine if San Antonio had feared the threat of a comeback—People assume the Heat are just flash, they forget that where there is Heat, there’s Fire…

  7. bigdog46 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    A lot of people don’t want give credit where its dew . Miami Heat take care of
    Business all they do is win!!! Regardless how they came together bottom
    Line win baby win!!!!! The haters are just jealous.

  8. bigdog46 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    It’s that haterade juice that they are drinking that stuff is very addictive.

  9. hiltcreative - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I don’t see Jimmy Butler or the Chicago Bulls having anything to say about Miami winning title #3 in a row. I have always liked the city of Chicago, but I must say that the Bulls are the worst thing about Chicago that I can think of . They really showed their punk asses in this year’s playoffs. Jeez, it was humiliating! They came off as a team full of adolescent punk crybabies with no class, and less “game”. Their ghastly, hideous sportsmanship, incessant whining and crying, their cheap, dirty play with the intent to harm and intimidate, their temper tantrums, the record number of technical and flagrant fouls. God, they’re such an awful excuse for a pro basketball team that I can’t think of them without cringing! This team should be made to spend the first week of practice watching replays of the Heat-Pacers and Heat- Spurs series in order to get an education in what NBA-level class and “manly” behavior looks like. That cretin, Tibedeau sure isn’t qualified to teach them anything in that regard. The Bulls will not beat the Heat. Zero chance. Not even in their dreams. They’ll be lucky to avoid finishing behind the Cavs in their division, and being “one and done” in the playoffs. But I do hold out the hope that maybe this year some of them will grow into men.

  10. antistratfordian - Aug 4, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    I know people are ripping Butler for this ’cause he’s a nobody… but this is what makes sports interesting and fun. I like it. Bring it on, Chicago!

  11. blurayharris - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Hate is such a contagious disease… Whew, glad I don’t suffer from that.

    Everybody turn your pages to Heat 3:16(Wade, Bosh and James #s) For God so loved the world that he gave us the only team that matters.


  12. beaverdam21 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Actually I think Fox was indeed pretty much a bum.

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