The Golden State Warriors beat the record of the ’95-96 Chicago Bulls with 73 wins in the 2015-16 NBA season. However, Michael Jordan, who’s the leader of the legendary Bulls, thinks that the accomplishment means nothing since the Warriors failed to win the 2016 NBA championship title. In a conversation with the NBA legend, Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob revealed Jordan’s comment about the 73-9 win Warriors.
“On the collective bargaining agreement, I was on the labor committee and I was in New York having a bunch of dinners with Michael Jordan and other owners,” Lacob said. “There were six of us. Actually, Dan was one of them, Dan Gilbert. Anyway, Michael Jordan — people are drinking and having a good time and all that, but there was a moment where he said, you know, ’73 don’t mean sh*t.’ He did it, Michael Jordan did that. And I looked at him and I just decided not to make a big deal of it. I said, you know, you’re right, we didn’t win it, we had to get better.”
Last season, the Warriors found success with the help of “small-ball strategy” as they managed to dominate the regular season. After a win against the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State set the record with most wins in a single season. With such accomplishment, they became the top favorite to win the 2016 NBA championship title.
The Warriors started the postseason with dominant victories against the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers. In the Western Conference Finals, they managed to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Warriors’ nightmare started when they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second consecutive year in the NBA Finals.
Golden State established a 3-1 lead and made most people believe that they were on track in winning a back-to-back championship. Unfortunately, LeBron James and the Cavaliers managed to bounce back, defeated the Warriors in Game 7 and won the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
’95-96 Chicago Bulls still better than ’15-16 GSW
The Warriors really gave the Cavaliers a tough battle. However, the loss made them questionable to be considered as the best team in the NBA history. When Michael Jordan and the Bulls established a 72-10 regular season record, they easily beat any team they faced in the playoffs up to the NBA Finals.
During the 1996 playoffs, Bulls guard Ron Harper gave his teammates a T-shirt printed with: “72-10 don’t mean a thing without the ring”. The Bulls used it as a way to encourage themselves to perform better in the postseason. It paid off as they won the 1996 NBA championship title. After that, they continued their dominance and won two additional NBA championships.
Michael Jordan, who’s considered the G.O.A.T., has every right to say such thing to the 73-9 win Warriors. The only thing Golden State can do now is to focus more on winning the championship than just establishing a regular season record.
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