You got the old-school Bulls or the new-age Warriors? This has been the ongoing argument through out this NBA season as the Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry keep shattering records in the unbelievable season they’ve been having. It’s interesting because the Warriors are having a break out season after winning the NBA championship title just last year. Now team records, along with individual records, are being obliterated as the Warriors sweep through the NBA, making almost every team in the NBA they’re victim.
Now there’s one record that has stood the test of time thus far. It’s the best regular season record ever in the history of the NBA: 72 wins and only 10 losses. If you actually sit and think of this astonishing feat that the Chicago Bulls of the 1995-1996 season pulled off, it really is rather remarkable. Led by the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, the Bulls were able to show up night in and night out and battle in basically every game. You don’t win 72 games out of 82 by accident. You grind it out each and every game. Knowing how competitive Jordan was, it’s no wonder that this team was able to hold it down for 72 games.
After putting into perspective what the Bulls did that year, it makes this year’s Warriors that much more special. The thing is that the Warriors are already on pace to beat the record this season. To be able to lose less that 10 games in an 82-game season is beyond words.
Now there’s a big problem surrounding this comparison of the old school Chicago Bulls with the present-day Golden State Warriors. The truth is that it’s hard to compare these two totally different eras of basketball. Everyone knows how hard the defense was back in the day. You couldn’t get into the lane without being tackled or clotheslined. And that was a normal foul! Nowadays, they call fouls for the slightest thing. It’s gotten so bad that players are getting away with flopping all the time. The one thing we can all agree in is that the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan went through some crazy battles with top teams like the Bad Boys of the Detroit Pistons. The Chicago Bulls of the ’95-’96 season did win the NBA title that year and they deserve all the respect in the world.
BUT!! Don’t underestimate the present-day Golden State Warriors. At 54-5 they’ve got the best start in NBA history. And the will they have to fight through every game is evident in their late game heroics. Just take a look at the game from last Saturday, February 27th, and you’ll see how hard they fought back in that game. The Warriors vs Thunder game was just insane. And keep in mind that the Oklahoma City Thunder are the 3rd best teams in the west. Check the stats at NBA.com if you don’t believe me. That game was arguably the best game of the year. Curry went BANANAS from the 3 point line. He didn’t like human out there. The difficulty in the shots he made all game were through the roof. And let’s not forget about the game winner! BANG BANG!! If you didn’t watch it, you missed out tremendously!! But don’t worry, I got you covered.
It’s just insane what Curry can do with a basketball. And we can all agree, for the most part, that Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. But I think the best thing we need to do is just sit back and appreciate the amazing skills of both teams. I was alive but I was too little to fully grasp what Jordan and the Bulls achieved in those championship years. But one things for sure, I’m definitely lucky to be able to witness such an amazing player like Curry, go crazy on the court and break records left and right. Records are meant to be broken and I can’t wait to see how the end of the season turns out.
An excited basketball fan,