Warriors guard Klay Thompson believes his team will have a chance to improve its record from last season and possibly make a run toward the Chicago Bulls’ cherished record of 72 regular season wins.
The 1995-96 Bulls team remains the only NBA team to ever reach the 70-win mark in the regular season. Thompson revealed he thinks the Warriors could become the second team to do so after being asked Sunday about actually breaking the Bulls’ record.
“That’s going to be a tough one,” Thompson said on a Google Hangouts Q&A with ShotTracker, a wearable tech company he partnered with. “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?”
The Warriors are currently off to a 3-0 start after their 67-15 record last season tied for the sixth-most regular season wins in league history.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr played on the Bulls’ 72-win team with Michael Jordan. Last season during Golden State’s hot start, Kerr laughed off questions about the Warriors keeping up that pace.
“What I remember from that year is there were about 10 games where Michael just decided, ‘We’re going to win,'” Kerr said. “And every other team on Earth would have lost those 10 games.
“He wanted to break that Lakers record of 69 wins, and so he decided we would do it, and so we did it, and there’s only one Michael.”