Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 7/7/13
It's easy to loathe the Miami Heat -- regardless if the hatred is baseless or justified. Many fan bases enjoy this practice every season, though the vitriol has died down considerably since LeBron James' inaugural season with Miami.   Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki, the best player on the only team to eliminate the Heat in the Big Three era, basically feels the same way. Nowitzki didn't openly admit to hating Miami, he's not exactly the most emotional player, but he did say he's pretty close to that point.    Via ESPN Dallas:   "In life, I don't really hate much," Nowitzki said Friday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Fitzsimmons and Durrett" after taking batting practice to prepare for his Heroes celebrity baseball game. "I'm an easygoing guy, but that's probably about as close as it gets."   It's odd but Nowitzki and the San Antonio Spurs' fan base probably share the same sentiment. Nowitzki's Mavericks haven't exited the first round since their title, and though that isn't Miami's fault, the Heat have won two consecutive titles to make up for their initial failure. Oh, and it also doesn't help that James and Dwyane Wade infamously mocked his fever prior to the pivotal Game 5 of the 2010 Finals. (Nowitzki, playing with a 101-degree fever, got the last laugh; he scored 29 points on just 18 shots, including a perfect 10-for-10 at the foul line.)    San Antonio, meanwhile, was dangerously close to clinching their fifth title last season until Miami corralled a few offensive rebounds and made a couple timely 3-pointers. That bitter taste, even if the Spurs largely exceeded expectations, isn't one that goes away easily.   Here's the silver lining, Spurs fans: At least you are in good company. Dirk feels the same way, too! (Actually, there is no silver lining. I'm sorry. I don't know what else to say.)   (h/t CBS Sports)
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Five teams that may be interested in Blake Griffin this summer

Nigel Hayes slams New York ahead of Sweet 16 game at MSG

Report: Tony Romo ‘believes it’s Texans or retirement’

Clay Matthews Sr. passes away at 88

WWE’s Kane is inching toward running for mayor in Tennessee

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jung Ho Kang denied visa for DUI, may miss 2017 MLB season

Jets not ready to say Josh McCown will be starter

Sens owner on Sidney Crosby: He’s 'a whiner' and should be suspended for Methot slash

Report: Griffin could be growing more open to leaving Clippers

Brandon Brooks accepts wedding invite from Eagles fan

Report: Josh Gordon expected to get reinstatement update in May

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker