HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The more we see of the Bulls and Heat, the more we want to see of the Bulls and Heat.
These teams were made to go at each other. The first of their four regular-season matchups this season lived up to every bit of its pre-game hype, adding more fuel to an already raging fire between the two teams that played in the Eastern Conference finals last season.
Did you see the reaction of reigning MVP Derrick Rose after he failed to snatch this game away from the Heat at the end? Did you see how sick it makes him to lose to the Heat again (not having Luol Deng certainly didn’t help the cause)? We’re talking about a competitive atmosphere between stars that could only be matched by a handful of others in the league today.
The late-game stumbles (of both Rose and LeBron James) aside, this is the sort of action that will ultimately determine the winner of the Eastern Conference champion. No one would be surprised to see these same two teams battling it out again.
And we’re not talking about some nasty, save-the-handshakes-for-later rivalry here. This is game recognizing game, great players rightly saluting other great players and fierce competitors showing one another the proper respect by bringing it right at each other all game long.