Golden State and the Golden Record

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In this Friday, April 1, 2016 photo, Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry (30) pauses during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Oakland, Calif. Though he moved on to the NBA long ago, March Madness is also Curry’s world now. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Any sports fan knows the record, any basketball fan knows the record’s legacy, and any Warriors fan knows how close Steph Curry’s troop is to making history by breaking the record. In the 1995-1996 season, the Chicago Bulls, behind the dynamic duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, established itself as one of the best teams in the history of the NBA when they posted the best single-season record in league history.. This feat is still recognized today, with a banner hanging in the United Center with the golden 72-10 bolded for all to see. Although nothing will ever threaten the legacy of Michael Jordan and his championship caliber Chicago Bulls, the smaller tangibles defining that significance are open to be broken by any modern team every year, dangling in front of Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant. Yet, the difficulty of achieving 73 wins has, thus far, escaped the grasps of all teams this season except one: the Golden State Warriors.

 

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors have continued to prove themselves as an extremely viable contender to win 73 games this season, taking down every single opponent at least once. The Warriors, who are currently 70-9 with 3 games remaining, have about a 14% chance to break the Bulls’ 72-10 record with 73 wins. Only 2 meetings with the Memphis Grizzlies and 1 meeting with the San Antonio Spurs stand in the way of history. As a Warriors fan, every time I hear of the possibility of this year’s team breaking the record, excitement and nerves overwhelm every other feeling. After years of mediocrity in the NBA, the Warriors are so close to making their mark on history by breaking a record set by one of the best teams to ever play the game! This excitement makes complete sense, not only because of the success Golden State has been seeing, but also because of the team’s high performance level. With four players averaging 10+ points per game, the Warriors are the most efficient team offensive team in the NBA and, more importantly, the most exciting to watch. Steph Curry is redefining what it means to be a good shooter in the league, hoisting up game winners several feet behind the arc and draining half court shots. Draymond Green continues to be one of the most emotional, consistent, and flexible players this season, playing forward, center, and even some point guard. And, not to forget, Klay Thompson, the silent killer, putting up consistent numbers, shooting 43% from the arc, and constantly threatening to repeat his record-breaking 37 point quarter from last season. Without a doubt, this team can break the ’95-’96 Bulls record. It’s just a matter if they will.

 

Led by head coach Steve Kerr, a member of the Chicago Bulls team during the 72-10 season, the Golden State Warriors have a cool, calm, and collected (besides the several technical fouls) organizer. Hopefully, he can coach them to 4 more wins this season to get the Oracle Arena an embroidered banner of their own. However, it is important to ask, how much does this record mean if no rings accompany this achievement? A record-breaking season would be incredible, causing celebration within the Warriors team, franchise, and the entire population of Oakland, California. But, the Larry O’Brien Trophy means so much more. With the breaking of the Bulls’ record, the Warriors would establish themselves as a talented, legendary team. Yet, with a broken record and a NBA Finals Championship, the Warriors would establish themselves as a talented, legendary, motivated, consistent team worthy of their spot in the record books. So, as a Warriors fan, I have to sit on my hands until the NBA Finals hit, waiting, praying, and cheering for a Golden State Warriors team to not only break the golden record, but also win the golden trophy to completely prove themselves as the league’s undisputed powerhouse.