By S.C. Zuba
It’s funny how things work out sometimes.
Every now and then, the stars align, and things just seem to fall perfectly in place. Just look at the Chicago Bulls’ opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Miami Heat.
After the Bulls were slighted by LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh last July, every Bulls fan wanted their revenge on the trio that took their talents to South Beach. Now, the time has come for revenge.
Yes, the Bulls beat the Heat in all three regular season games, but that means nothing now. It’s the playoffs—a win or go home scenario.
I think if we all were honest with ourselves, we’d admit that we wanted to see James sporting the red and black of the Bulls. We wanted to hear the cry of the United Center when they announced the 6-foot 8-inch forward from Akron, Ohio. We wanted his help to become a dynasty.
Now, however, we want the exact opposite.
Now, we want our revenge. We want to show James and Co. that we don’t need them—that we don’t want them anymore.
The Bulls were good enough to earn the No. 1 seed in the NBA without their service. Now is the time to show the world that the Bulls can win a title without them. How satisfying would it be to do it without them.
If the Heat defeat the Bulls and eventually win a title, what will that mean to anyone? Wow, they bought a championship—big deal. If the Bulls win, however, it will mean so much more. The Bulls are a team made up of homegrown players and castoffs from other teams.
They aren’t the most flashy bunch, but they worked harder than any other team on the court, and that will be the difference, in my opinion, in this series.
Mark my words, the Bulls will out-hustle the Heat. They may not have the same talent level, but the Bulls will work harder.
After the Heat defeated the Celtics to get to the Eastern Conference Finals, they danced around the court as if they had just won a championship—similar to how they celebrated before the start of the season, before they had won anything.
That, in my opinion, exemplifies the Heat. It’s all glamour and no heart, the exact opposite of the Bulls.
So, here’s your chance, Chicago. Show the world once and for all that you don’t t need the help of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Do it for your city.
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