To say there is bad blood between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets is actually a misnomer, as the beef the Heat have is with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — the nets just got dragged into this by default. But now that the Boston Bullies are the Brooklyn Bullies, the animosity hasn’t changed and the bad blood still boils.
For Dwyane Wade though, the bad blood has shifted in meaning, as it used to be all about the Celtics being the ‘big brother’ in the East where now it’s the Miami Heat guarding the block.
“That’s how it’s always been,” Wade said. “Some of it’s them being good, us being good, us not liking them for being good and them not liking us for being good.
“When we first started this thing, they were the big brothers — the big bullies, really — on the block. It took us a while to impose our will. But I think we have now.”
The Nets aren’t a bad team and they really are only in this because they have Garnett and Pierce, but they’re in it nonetheless and it’s hard to see the Nets bullying anyone especially when it’s the Heat who have long been the feared team in the conference.