Mark Cuban has buried the hatchet with numerous of his former foils, but the Miami Heat remain on his bad side.
“Hate's a strong word, but it's probably not strong enough,” Cuban said of how he feels about the Heat.
“It's not the individual players at all,” he said. “It's just the whole representation of 2006 still sticks with me.”
The Mavericks blew a 2-0 lead in the 2006 Finals to lose 4-2, giving Miami its first NBA title. The two teams met again five years later when the Mavericks toppled the star-studded Heat team in its first year with the triad of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh for Dallas' first and only championship.
Wade and the Mavs have a long-standing dislike for each other that goes back to the perception Wade drew too may fouls against he Mavs in '06 among other small clashes. It's one of the underrated rivalries in the league, and it's a good thing that Cuban's willing to come out and just say it. He should hate the Heat. They've been a nemesis. That's part of what makes the 2011 title so special.