Steve Kerr, former championship-winning Chicago Bulls guard turned sometimes-controversial broadcaster, has picked against the Miami Heat, saying he doesn’t think they will make it to the NBA Finals in 2014.
In an interview with the LA Times, Kerr said the Heat have been too good for too long, and that time is up.
“There’s a reason these teams don’t do it,” TNT analyst Steve Kerr said. “Emotionally, it’s just exhausting to keep doing it year after year, particularly when you have to deal with everything Miami has to deal with on a daily basis, just the constant critiquing and scrutiny on the team, and then you factor in the injuries with Wade and Bosh and their health. I don’t think Miami will get out of the East this year.”
Kerr is picking the Bulls to unseat the Heat. Here’s a look at the top three threats to Miami from each conference:
To be fair, Kerr has a point. NBA.com pointed out that the Heat have played more — at least 19 more — games than any other team in the league the past three seasons after three-straight NBA Finals appearances.
Miami (297 games); Oklahoma City (278); San Antonio (271); Memphis (265); Boston (264); Chicago (264) and Indiana (263) have played the most NBA games.
Who does Kerr pick? The Bulls, of course. I don’t know if this is him being a homer, or him going with a strong, healthy team that gets back Derrick Rose and injects Jimmy Butler as a full-time shooting guard. I would bet my money on the latter. But I would bet more money on the Heat proving him wrong.
While I see Kerr’s point, and three-peats are certainly rare, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are rare players too. With LeBron rested, Wade angry and a very deep team heading into the season, I don’t see a good enough reason to go against the Heat.
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