Derrick Rose believes the Bulls have only one main rival -- and it's the Miami Heat not the Indiana Pacers.

Rose made his feelings known before Friday night's preseason contest against the Pacers.

While being respectful regarding Indiana's recent success Rose acknowledged that he believed any rivalry with the Pacers is a thing of the past.

"People say that it's a rivalry but I don't really see it" Rose said before scoring 32 points in the team's 103-98 win against the Pacers. "I say the team that is more like a rivalry is when Darren Collison was on the team. That one was more like a rivalry but this team is a great team. They've already proven themselves last year by making it to the Eastern Conference finals.

"If anything by probably in a year or two it could become a rival. But right now people say it's a rival. ... I just don't see it right now."

Rose and the Bulls defeated the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs in 2011.

Asked what made the rivalry with the Collison-led Pacers different Rose responded this way:

"I think it was more like that rivalry feeling where we knew we thought that they were going to have that same team for a long period of time" Rose said. "Then they end up going different ways picking up different guys and I think this team I think in the next year or two if both teams have the same teams then that's when it would become a rivalry."

Asked specifically if he felt the Heat were the Bulls' biggest rival Rose acknowledged that to be the case.