Kerr says “emotional exhaustion” will effect Miami.
Former Chicago Bulls star Steve Kerr believes that his old team can stop the Miami Heat from winning a third consecutive NBA championship this year.
Kerr claims that while Miami will rightly be favourites to land another title due to the talent on their roster, there are various factors that they will have to deal with across the season.
The TNT analyst believes that the “emotional exhaustion” of fighting for yet another championship will take its toll on the players, while injuries may play a part with the likes of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
“There’s a reason these teams don’t do it,” TNT analyst Steve Kerr said according to Pro Basketball Talk.
“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….”
Meanwhile, Kerr has built up the chances of the Bulls this year, as they are undoubtedly set to benefit from the return of point guard Derrick Rose.
The 24-year-old recently spoke of how he has used his time off the court to improve his all-round game, particularly his shooting, and along with core players such as Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, Kerr expects them to have a “special year”.
“I just feel like it’s all sort of teed up for Chicago with Rose coming back, guys like Noah and [Taj] Gibson entering their prime,” Kerr said. “I think Chicago will have something special this year,” he concluded.
It remains to be seen whether the Bulls can prove Kerr’s predictions right this year, as aside from Miami they will also have to contend with the likes of the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference.