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In-town rivalry: Miami Dolphins vs. Miami Heat?

By: Andy Slater

The Dolphins are drawing heat.

During a Dolphins press conference on Monday, Mike Tannenbaum used the San Antonio Spurs as his example of a great organization. That's fine, as long as you don't have an NBA team in your own backyard --- such as the Miami Heat.

Monday evening, Tannenbaum decided to bring it up again. 

"I wanna have the vibe of the San Antonio Spurs," Tannenbaum told Finsiders host Greg Likens when discussing team personnel.

It was previously reported that Tannenbaum had met with Spurs general manager R.C. Buford and "picked his brains," according to the Miami Herald in August 2015. 

While the Spurs are a great organization, there seems to be a rivalry building in-town between the Dolphins and Heat. 

In July 2015, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross told reporters "the Heat is a different organization now that LeBron James isn't there. I think the Dolphins are a team that are capturing the imagination of the whole fan base here in South Florida." 

I'm pretty sure part of Ross' imagination wasn't Heat owner Micky Arison sending out timely tweets promoting his basketball team while the Dolphins would trail in games. 

So after multiple Spurs mentions by Tannenbaum, will Arison respond? His team did with an overtime victory against the Pacers on Monday. We'll see if he's next. 

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