|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 19, 2013 at 2:00 AM|
Rose has been gone awhile. I think his confidence is high right now, and he's looking past certain things along the way because of that. The Bulls faced the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011.During that run the Bulls beat the 8th seeded Indiana Pacers. The Bulls haven't seen the East Finals since 2011, and they haven't squared off against the Heat since 2011. I don't call that much of a rival. The Pacers on the other hand have jumped over the Bulls in contention for a title, in some writers and critics minds.
Rose has looked great so far, and after his 32 point performance against the Pacers, it's hard not to get excited if your a Bulls fan. Rose made some comments about the Pacers being a rival, he discredits them as rivals because Darren Collision is gone, which is weird to me. He disregards the Pacers as rivals, but he sees the Heat as a rival? I don't see either as a rival. Rose is saying that the Pacers are a good team, but were a better team, and he believes the Bulls can beat the Heat, which I honestly don't think they can.
For me the Bulls with Rose need to prove themselves again. I believe the Bulls are behind the Nets, Pacers, and Heat. The Bulls have perhaps the best defense in the NBA, but after Rose and Deng on the Bulls. Who do they have that can score? Boozer is inconsistent, and even Deng seems to have issues with injuries every year. I think Rose needs to focus on his team and not his "rivals".
Rose made his feelings known before Friday night's preseason contest against the Pacers.
While being respectful regarding Indiana's recent success, Rose acknowledged that he believed any rivalry with the Pacers is a thing of the past.
"People say that it's a rivalry, but I don't really see it," Rose said before scoring 32 points in the team's 103-98 win against the Pacers. "I say the team that is more like a rivalry is when Darren Collison was on the team. That one was more like a rivalry, but this team is a great team. They've already proven themselves last year by making it to the Eastern Conference finals.
"If anything, by probably in a year or two, it could become a rival. But right now, people say it's a rival. ... I just don't see it right now."
Rose and the Bulls defeated the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs in 2011.
Asked what made the rivalry with the Collison-led Pacers different, Rose responded this way:
"I think it was more like that rivalry feeling where we knew, we thought that they were going to have that same team for a long period of time," Rose said. "Then they end up going different ways, picking up different guys, and I think this team, I think in the next year or two, if both teams have the same teams, then that's when it would become a rivalry."
Asked specifically if he felt the Heat were the Bulls' biggest rival, Rose acknowledged that to be the case.
"If you want say [that], yeah," he said. "For sure, Miami."
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