It was supposed to be a dream season for the Golden State Warriors. The momentum they built as they ran roughshod over the entire NBA en route to a record 73 wins was out of this world.
They were primed to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy, but something happened that was not according to plan. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers threw the biggest monkey wrench that was hidden in Northeast Ohio for the past 52 years and they made sure that it hit their target.
Throughout the Warriors’ journey, the ghost of the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls team lingered in the background, wary of the threat to their legacy. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and the rest of the members of that particular Bulls team watched helplessly as their former teammate Steve Kerr piloted his Warriors to eclipsing their 72 wins at the final game of the regular season.
But that was only half of the battle. The Bulls team knew then that their 72-win season would have meant nothing if they weren’t able to win the championship. Golden State was very much aware of that too. But now that they have failed, their 73-win regular season suddenly finds an asterisk beside itself.
This prompted Dennis Rodman to remind everyone via Twitter that their Bulls team remains at the top.
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) June 20, 2016
That is extremely difficult to argue. The effort would be futile. Not only did the 1996 Bulls hold a title over this year’s Warriors team, their overall winning percentage (regular season and playoffs combined) of .870 tops Golden State’s .830.
Furthermore, the 1996-1997 Bulls team that won 69 regular season games still holds a better winning percentage, .832, than this 73-win Warriors team. So, better luck next year, Golden State, or any other team for that matter.
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