Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/18/13
Villains is how Mark Cuban thinks fans still view the two-time champion Miami Heat and that’s great for the NBA he says. The owner of the Dallas Mavericks on Friday compared the LeBron James-led Heat to the Oakland Raiders in their glory days — saying fans either love ‘em or hate ‘em and that polarization makes for a far more intriguing league for fans and heightens the competitive juices of rivals. Cuban’s 2011 Mavs remain the lone team to beat Miami in the postseason since James took his talents to South Beach before the 2010-11 season. “With the two titles they’re still like the bad guys” Cuban said. “There’s a confidence bordering on arrogance that is good for them as a team and good for us as a league because it also makes them the team that everybody wants to knock off. “They’re kind of in some respects the Oakland Raiders … when they were winning. I don’t want to compare [Heat owner] Mickey [Arison] to Al Davis that’s not fair but you either love them or hate them. That’s always good for the NBA when you have a team that everybody looks forward to beating. It’s just like when we beat them I would go in places I’ve never been and people would give me a standing ovation. That’s good for the NBA.”
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