Former Bulls guard Steve Kerr, who knows a little bit about the grind of the NBA playoffs, having won five championship rings in his 14-year career, said the Bulls "are still one player away from being a true championship team" in an interview on the "Silvy & Waddle Show" on WMVP-AM 1000 on Wednesday.
"I think Boston would have an edge over them for sure. I think Miami would be really interesting and probably be an even matchup," said Kerr, now an analyst for TNT's NBA broadcasts. "To me, the Bulls are still one player away from being a true championship team.
"Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they're good enough to do it right now. But to expect them to take this step from never having won a playoff series with this group to winning the NBA championship ... I think that's a little far-fetched."
Kerr, who hit the game-winning shot for the Bulls in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz in 1997, is a big believer in playoff experience. The Celtics might be a bit creaky and might miss Kendrick Perkins more than they think, but in both games against the Knicks in the playoffs, but as Kerr noted, they've executed in the final moments to win both games in their first-round series.
"The thing that has worried me about the Bulls all year is the lack of a second scorer," Kerr said. "And I think the best teams can expose that. I don't think it'll be the Pacers. But down the road, Miami and Boston both definitely score from more area, more angles than the Bulls. And both teams are probably the Bulls' equal defensively when they're playing well."