The Warriors just tied the NBA record for the most regular season victories with 72, and regardless of whether they hit 73, there would now be a point for comparison between the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls and this season’s Golden State Warriors.
If the Warriors win their last game, their number alone would say that they’re better than the Bulls. 73 is more than 72! But wait. The Bulls lost 3 of those 10 games by just a point — which means, they could have gone up to 75-7! The Warriors.. well, their closest losses was a lone 2 point loss against the Nuggets (110-112) and one 3 point loss against the Celtics (106-109) back in April 1.
So come to think of it, when the Warriors lose, they really lost. See in their 9 losses, the average margin was 13 points. Meanwhile, when the Bulls lost, they just somehow tripped. Like in their 10 losses, the average margin was 7.7 points. And whether it’s today’s Warriors or yesterday’s Bulls, the losses we’re talking about are regardless if it were an overtime loss or a ‘rally’ loss, hey, we’re talking numbers here. After all, 72 is a number.
Incidentally, this record happens to be exactly 20 years apart — with the current coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr, being a member of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team. Wow! Ironic, huh?!
Now, the question of era.
As stated in an NBA news interview, Kerr said “For example, if you actually put the teams in a hypothetical game, my guess is the Bulls would be called for a million hand-check fouls, and we would be called for a million illegal defenses when we overloaded the strong side,” Kerr said. “So the game would take, like, six hours because the refs would be calling stuff all game. It’s kind of hard to get past that. Now, they wouldn’t call traveling in either era.”
Okay, point taken.
Thus to eliminate this ‘era’ thing that makes this argument simply hypothetical, how about eliminating both those rules so we could measure these two ball clubs against each other? Like, there’s no violation if it’s a hand-check or an illegal defense for either team. Got the point?
Now, who do you think would really win? Bulls, 4-1.
If there’s no hand-check foul then Curry wouldn’t be able to move so much even if it’s just Ron Harper who’ll guard him. If the Warriors just continuously overloads the strong side, did we forget that the Bulls could also pass? Besides, the Bulls even got a Toni Kukoc who’s unquestionably more potent than any of the Warriors not named Stephen Curry. More so, if there would be misses, who’d most likely get the rebound? Dennis Rodman or Draymond Green?
Without Jordan, the Bulls are still potent. Without Curry, the Warriors would be groping in the dark against the ’95-’96 Bulls. And Ron Harper is much better than Delly.