Butler on potential Heat three-peat: "When you think three-peat, you think Chicago, so we can't let that happen"
Jimmy Butler vented his frustration toward the Miami Heat on an ESPN program Friday morning.
Following four losses in a row against the Heat during the 2013 NBA playoffs, the Chicago Bulls and Butler are gearing up for another run at dethroning the back-to-back champions. The first hurdle in that race to a title will be against the Heat on Opening Night.
The champions will receive their rings on Oct. 29. Butler, a third-year guard for the Bulls and newly proclaimed starter, won't be happy to witness the ceremony.
"I don't think anybody wants to watch that on our team, so we won't pay too much attention to it," Butler said on the ESPN program. "They deserved it. They won a championship, definitely, but they got to deal with the Chicago Bulls for 48 minutes coming out right after they get their rings."
The Bulls and Heat have become a new rivalry in the recent years. Although the Heat have had a significant advantage in the playoffs, their wins against Derrick Rose and crew rarely come easily.
When talking about this new rivalry, Butler acknowledge the growth in dislike between the two franchises.
"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," Butler said.
Although the Rose is expected to make a return as early as the first preseason game, the former MVP and his team will have their hands full again. The Heat have retained most of their championship team and have a strong chance at making it to the Finals four years in a row.
The Heat have knocked the Bulls out of the playoffs twice in the last three years.