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  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James, here celebrating his team's second straight NBA title, will begin his quest for a three-peat when the season opens Tuesday against the Bulls and Derrick Rose. The Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 to win last season's title.

      Miami Heat forward LeBron James, here celebrating his team's second straight NBA title, will begin his quest for a three-peat when the season opens Tuesday against the Bulls and Derrick Rose. The Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 to win last season's title.
    Associated Press/June 2013 file

 
By Mike North
The Rebel Inside

LAS VEGAS -- Well, the Bulls are a 7-1 choice with the sports books here to win an NBA title this season.

In my view, they are the only team capable of knocking off the two-time NBA champion Miami Heat.

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The Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers actually believe they are better than the Bulls because top dog Derrick Rose is still coming back from an injury. But D-Rose looks MVP-worthy right now, and I believe it will be just a two-horse race between the Bulls and the Heat.

I like what I am seeing, but for the Bulls to win it all they will have to play the team game like they always do.

Miami will be favored because LeBron James is the best player on the planet right now, and during crunchtime if he guards Rose like he has before, then Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer will have to step it up.

When James guards Rose, he neutralizes him. The Nets are pretenders and the Pacers don't have Rose.

General managers around the league voted overwhelmingly that they would rather have Chris Paul as their point guard. That's funny, but they voted for him because he can be counted on.

To many of those GMs and some NBA fans, Rose's public-relations disaster last year made him look selfish. After all, when his team needed him he wasn't there.

While I believe the Bulls messed that up, and deserve a failing grade for doing so, D-Rose is back. Last year is a distant memory, so buckle up!

How about a call for Tebow?

Pete Rose once told me that when the legs go you are done playing.

The nonsense this week of Brett Favre coming back to play quarterback for the St. Louis Rams is an embarrassing rumor to report. The talk of his arms being like a blacksmith is a joke.

Tim Tebow is the one who should be getting the call. Watching Minnesota's Josh Freeman last week made me chuckle. He can take snaps in the league, but Tebow can't?

It's OK to forget about Tebow, but apparently the Rams want to reach back in time. Maybe they hold more tryouts and bring in Andre Ware, Ken O'Brien, Steve DeBerg and Chad Pennington. If I am the Rams, I go to Roman Gabriel.

Hey, I am having some fun here, but the Rams might be serious about Favre -- and that is sad.

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•Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at dailyherald.com. For more, visit northtonorth.com.

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