In the ‘95-’96 season, the Chicago Bulls accomplished something no other team in NBA history has been able to do: they won 70 games. More specifically, they won 72, posting a historic 72–10 record, which has stood unchallenged ever since. Until this season, that is.
The Golden State Warriors may have something to say about that come the end of this season. They started out the year with 24 wins, a record win streak at the beginning of a season. And, at this point in the season with their 46–4 record, they are on pace to break the Bulls record for best mark in a single season.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are trying to become the best trio in history, replacing the current best of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman from the record-holding Bulls squad. Curry has already made his mark as one of the best players of this generation, setting and re-setting the record for most three-pointers made in a season.
It’s cool to think that I could witness the best season in the history of the NBA, but at the same time, I would like to see the record remain with the Bulls. Having been born the same year that their historic season started, I obviously had no clue about them as they made history.
However, basketball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I remember going to watch my dad play in his work league as a young kid, and bouncing a miniature ball in my basement shortly after I was able to stand. And, as long as I’ve played, I’ve always regarded Michael Jordan as a legend, the greatest player to ever play basketball. Like Mike may be my favorite movie ever, and I always chose to wear No. 23 when I was able to.
As great as the best players of the current generation are (Kobe, LeBron, Steph), I still think Jordan holds the spot of the best player ever. I don’t believe this belief is unfounded, either. He came out of retirement and promptly won another three consecutive NBA titles. I think that’s pretty good as far as qualifications are concerned.
As a result, I personally think it’s fitting that the best season in history belongs to the best player. So, as far as this season is concerned, I won’t be cheering for history to be made. Nothing against the Warriors, but I don’t think anyone can compare to Jordan’s greatness, and to me that is worth the best record in history.