Mychal Thompson agrees with his son, Warriors guard Klay Thompson, that Golden State should try to go for the Chicago Bulls’ NBA record of 72 regular-season wins and might to able to at least reach 70.
“If they believe in themselves that much, they have the ability and talent to do it, then that’s the lofty goal that they should try to set, try to chase that Chicago Bulls 72-win-season record,” Mychal Thompson said Wednesday on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts. “It’ll be tough to get that obviously, but why not? 70-12? I like the fact that they’re thinking that lofty.
“When I was with the Lakers, when I was playing for (Magic Johnson’s) team, that’s the kind of lofty goals we set…That team that Magic played for, for me that’s the way we thought, so why not think that way if you’re a champion?”
Mychal Thompson at most helped the Lakers win 65 regular-season games in the 1986-87 season when captured the NBA championship. The Warriors after winning 67 regular-season games and the championship last season have started this season 4-0. They never lost three games in a row all season, and Mychal Thompson believes that will continue.
“They’ll have a two-game losing streak at some point, but no more than that,” Mychal Thompson said.
When Klay Thompson was asked Sunday about breaking the Bulls’ record, he at least entertained the idea in a Google Hangouts chat with ShotTracker.
“That’s going to be a tough one,” Klay Thompson said. “We’ll try. There are so many good teams. We’ll try. We did get 67 wins last year, which was an amazing feat. We might be able to get 70. It’s going to depend a lot on health, obviously, and a lot of lucky bounces that go our way.
“Seventy-two wins, that’s a lot of wins, man. I don’t know if that will be done again, but hey man, we might be the team to do it just because we reached 67 last year. And if we stay focused and we take every game serious, we should have a chance to reach 70. It won’t be easy. It will be extremely difficult, but you know what? Why not?”