This time last year; 9/10 NBA “experts” were predicting that the Los Angeles Lakers would win the NBA Finals. Well, the highly-revered Lakers barely made the postseason in 2012 and after winning zero playoff games in LA, Dwight Howard is now a member of the Houston Rockets. Thankfully, Kobe Bryant and his Lakers aren’t predicted by anyone to do much of anything in 2013 because the hype last year was nothing but annoying.
Speaking of annoying, ex-Chicago Bulls guard Steve Kerr has given his former team quite the kiss of death. Kerr said on Monday that he feels the Miami Heat won’t have the same success they did in 2012, which will leave the Bulls in perfect shape to steal the Eastern Conference crown.
While Kerr’s intentions are good, he definitely put Tom Thibodeau‘s club in a tough spot. Everyone despises what the Heat has managed to do at this point, so fans across the country are going to be rooting for Kerr’s prediction to come true. With that comes a pressure that Derrick Rose and company have yet to see in the previous seasons.
Moreover, the landscape of the NBA didn’t change much this off-season as Howard was really the only difference maker to change addresses. Therefore, while I do expect the aging Heat to take a minor step back, it would be foolish to deem go against Miami at this point in time.