It’s not like the Eastern Conference was a cake walk last year, but it did get a whole lot tougher this summer. The Miami Heat will clearly be contenders again with their big three of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets essentially merged in an effort to win an NBA title, with Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce teaming up with Deron Williams. The Chicago Bulls also get former MVP Derrick Rose back from injury.
Heat guard Mario Chalmers knows the East is going to be harder to win next season.
“The East is going to be a beast this year,” Chalmers said, via the Associated Press. “It’s going to be tough competition every night. Brooklyn’s making moves, Indiana just got Luis Scola, Derrick Rose coming back to the Bulls, it’s going to be a tough Eastern Conference this year. At the same time, we’ll still do what we do to try to get that third championship that we want.”