Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are on pace for a historic regular season and on track to beating the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ famous 72-10 record.
The best shooter in the league—perhaps, also the best player in the NBA today—talked to Zach Lowe of ESPN about achieving such feat and what motivates the Warriors to breaking one of basketball’s most revered feat. Curry also tackled the Kevin Durant to Warriors rumors.
Lowe, who is a highly respected NBA writer/insider for the popular but now-defunct Grantland.com, asked Curry a variety of questions including the team’s goal to reach 73 wins (or more) and what makes the Warriors tick this season;
Curry on breaking the Bulls’ 72-10 record and the team using it as a motivation:
“We’ve probably openly talked about it twice — just how we’re gonna go about the season. We get asked about it a lot. That sparks those conversations.”
“The media can spark it, but it’s mostly coming from Coach [Steve] Kerr and Coach [Luke] Walton, and some of the leaders of the team. It is an accomplishment that would be amazing. We know how hard it is, having gone through this first half of the season playing pretty much perfect basketball. We’ve found so many different ways to win.”
Curry on Kerr’s motivation to break the record he was part of:
“He’s been all over the map when it comes to his basketball career. For him to be the coach of the team that broke that record would mean a lot to him. The ultimate goal is obviously win the championship, but 73 wins — there’s a reason people still talk about that 1995-96 Bulls team. They accomplished both. That would be special.”
To note, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was part of that Bulls squad which dominated the league in the 1995-1996 season. It is safe to assume that Kerr is sharing his words of wisdom to the Warriors in their feat to break the record.
Kerr was one of the two Bulls—the other being the great Michael Jordan—who played all 82 games that season.
Through 49 games in the 1995-1996 season, the Bulls were at 44-5 two games after the NBA All-Star break that year. Meanwhile the Warriors are at 45-4 after a win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday and they have three games left (Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns) before the mid-season break.
Curry on Draymond Green’s value to the Warriors:
“He’s so versatile. We used to always say he was a guy whose impact didn’t really show up on the stat sheet, but now it does.”
Along with Curry and Klay Thompson, Green is seen as one of the key cogs in the Warriors’ system on both ends of the floor.
The 25-year-old Swiss Army knife leads the league in total triple-doubles (9) averaging career-highs of 14.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocked shots per game.
Curry on Durant trade rumors joining the Warriors next season:
“Not in those terms. I hear that stuff, and it’s human nature to be interested in it. I’m very comfortable with our team, and obviously being 44-4.”
Earlier in the week, reports trickled in that Golden State is one of the favorites to land Durant when he hits free agency after the current season.
With Curry’s take on the rumors, it appears that the Warriors superstar is not too keen on breaking Golden State’s current core.
After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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