Steve Kerr says the Chicago Bulls will make it to the NBA Finals this season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

TNT's Steve Kerr Picks Chicago Bulls to Win the East in 2014

Citing concerns about the number of games the Miami Heat have played over the last three years and the difficulty of making it to four consecutive NBA Finals, TNT analyst Steve Kerr went against the grain in picking the Chicago Bulls as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference this year.

Essentially, Kerr’s argument is that the vulnerability Miami showed in the playoffs last year — needing seven games to beat the Indiana Pacers and coming within a clutch Ray Allen three-pointer (and some missed free throws) from losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals, to say nothing of how close game seven of that series was — and the fact that their key players are only getting older (I refuse to refer to Mario Chalmers as anything like a key player on that team) will combine to create just enough of an opening for someone else to slip by.

Now, it should be noted that Kerr once played for the Bulls, winning three titles as part of the second three-peat from 1996-98 and has shown evidence of continued favor for the Bulls in his broadcasting career. Nevertheless, his theory is hardly unreasonable. Guess we’ll find out when the season starts.

Speaking of, can the season start now? Please?

42 days, folks.

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