Think Michael Jordan would be salty about the idea of the Golden State Warriors tying and then breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 regular season victories?
On the heels of Golden State’s Sunday night win over the San Antonio Spurs, Draymond Green revealed that Michael Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, told him to lead the Warriors toward at least 73 victories. Here’s the lowdown, courtesy of ESPN.com’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss, as translated by Zach Harper of CBS Sports:
“Mike told me at All-Star, ‘Go win the record. Go get the record. If y’all don’t win this record, I’m going to be hot and I’m blaming you.”
It’s pretty encouraging to see someone of Jordan’s stature, who was a member of that record-setting Bulls squad, come out in support of the Dubs. Old-timers have spent a good amount of time—too much time—trying to disparage their model and assert yesteryear as the superior era.
Really, we should all just be watching and appreciating the Warriors, irrespective of where our rooting interests and media interests lie. They will have a chance to become the best regular-season team of all time when they square off against the shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Getting to 73 is pretty much a formality at this point.
And maybe, just maybe, when the Warriors do notch their 73rd victory, the collisions of eras past and present will become but a meaningless footnote in their march toward indisputable immortality.