- Nick Friedell, Chicago Bulls beat reporter
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The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported last week that the Bulls and Heat are expected to face off against each other in the season opener on Oct. 29. Bulls third-year guard Jimmy Butler says he and his teammates will not be looking forward to seeing LeBron James and Co. get their championship rings.
"I don't think anybody wants to watch that 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."
Butler also acknowledged that there is a growing dislike between the Bulls and the Heat. The Heat have knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs in two of the past three seasons.
"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 rivalry between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat figures to intensify this season as the Bulls try to stop the Heat from winning three straight NBA championships.