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Already fired up for the Heat

12/19/2011

CHICAGO -- Everyone knows Tom Thibodeau is the Roger Ebert of the NBA. Film is his passion.

During their abbreviated training camp, the Chicago Bulls had exercise bikes facing the projection screen on their practice court, all the better to multi-task while he showed a horror movie.

Thibodeau's film, footage from the team's Eastern Conference finals meltdown, was for mature audiences and it had a distinct purpose.

If the Bulls players tried to avoid thinking about the Miami Heat collapse during their extended hiatus, they couldn't escape the footage of the preening Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as they prepared for their second season as a targeted team with sky-high expectations.

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