Michael Jordan is known for his highly-competitive spirit when he was an active player. Now an owner of the Charlotte Hornets, the former Chicago Bull is still knows how to stir up the competition by putting the pressure on the Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors after they broke the Bulls record of most wins in an NBA regular season.
Curry and the Warriors won their final regular season game, a 125-104 drubbing of the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, to win their 73rd game of the year and losing just 9 games the entire year. The previous record was held by Jordan and the Bulls, who went 72-10 in the 1995-1996 NBA Season where they also dominated the NBA playoffs for the franchise’s fourth title then.
“I want to congratulate the Warriors on their amazing season. The game of basketball is always evolving and records are made to be broken. The Warriors have been a lot of fun to watch and I look forward to seeing what they do in the playoffs,” Jordan, a six-time NBA champion, said in an official statement commenting on the Warriors’ 73-9 feat.
However, the final line, with Jordan looking “forward to seeing what they do in the playoffs” is taken as a sort of challenge by the greatest player of all time to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of the Warriors, if they can win back-to-back championships and go all the way to the title again in the upcoming 2016 NBA Playoffs.
The NBA Playoffs begins Saturday for the Warriors, who will face the eighth seed but dangerous Houston Rockets featuring James Harden and Dwight Howard. Can Stephen Curry and company duplicate their dominating performance in the regular season and go all the way to the NBA title?