NBA Finals 2012: What Do Chicago Bulls Fans Think of the Miami Heat?

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJune 21, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 19:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates with Dwyane Wade #3 after they won 104-98 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 19, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Maybe I'm being a bit presumptuous, but since no team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, I—like other Chicago Bulls fans—have to deal with the Miami Heat being champions.

For those who think I will be celebrating along with them—think again.

I have been accused of being a Heat fan so many times, I was starting to wonder if I wrote an article declaring that in the past. If you saw me watching a Heat game against OKC, or Boston—or whichever team they were playing—you would know that was not the case.

If cursing at the screen every time the Heat get away with a foul or complain to the officials means I'm a fan of theirs—then so be it.

I do like Oklahoma City, but I mentioned I was also rooting for Boston to beat the Heat. They're far from my favorite team.

Since the impossible will have to happen for Miami not to win, I have resigned myself to the fact the inevitable will happen—probably tonight.

As soon as I see the final seconds ticking down, knowing that OKC cannot win, I will be changing the channel. I don't need to see the expressions on the faces of  LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the two Heat stars whoop it up.

I don't want to see their happiness because I don't think they really deserve it. I don't like the way they conspired together to win a title. I believe in building a team the old-fashioned way—kind of like the way the Bulls did when they won their titles.

This new trend of superstars coming together to form super teams is not my idea of something that is good for the league—though it does give you a real villain to root against.

I thought there were some calls in the series that went Miami's way. They always seem to get the benefit of the doubt from the officials. It's hard enough playing straight up against the Heat, but when you add three officials into the mix, the odds of beating them become almost insurmountable.

Some players stepped up for Miami aside from the stars. Shane Battier didn't have much of an impact during the season, but he hit several huge threes against OKC as he did in the close-out game against Boston. Mario Chalmers also came up big in Game 4.

Miami couldn't have won without those performances, and it is on the verge of winning its second title—its first since its own version of the Big Three formed before the 2010-11 season.

The bad news for Chicago Bulls fans is that it probably won't be Miami's last. With Rose out for a good portion of the next season, Miami has a clear path to the finals next year, too. Nobody else is good enough to compete with them in the East.

Before the season, in my preseason preview for the Bulls, I picked Miami to beat the Thunder in six games for the championship.

Even though I was hoping to be wrong, it looks like I was right.

Now there is talk that the Bulls need to break up the team and start over. What seemed like such a promising future is falling apart.

I said all along Miami would be better this year, but nobody wanted to hear it. Do you think the Heat are not going to continue to get better?

They still have weaknesses at the center position and point guard. Don't you think they will attract veterans looking for a ring just like the Bulls did in the late '90s?

Has the window closed on this Chicago Bulls team?

How are you going to feel when the Heat are popping champagne bottles?

If that's not enough to make you sick, just think of what's ahead.


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