With Miami, The Bulls Have Their Own ‘Bad Boys’

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) And so a darkness has fallen across the land.

The Miami Heat are moving on in the NBA Playoffs.

For the Chicago Bulls, however, there are brighter days head ahead as they lick their wounds following last night’s 94-91 series-ending loss to the team wearing the black jerseys – and black hats – in South Beach.

Rosier ones, too.

Because, Derrick will be back – and so will his cheers. At the same time, I fully expect Bulls vs. Heat to be back too – along with its jeers. If nothing else this month, we saw Miami-Chicago develop all the makings of one of those classic NBA playoff rivalries that will percolate with drama and championship ramifications for years to come.

In many ways, LeBron, Wade & Co. strikes me as Chicago’s new version of the Detroit Pistons’ “Bad Boys,” the hated mountain that the Michael Jordan-era Bulls once had to climb. And while losing to the Heat again is disappointing indeed, just like with the Pistons, this series loss will only make victory all the sweeter when the Bulls finally do beat them.

And in time, I think they eventually will.

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