By Jamal Laoudi
By Jamal Laoudi
Washington, D.C. – In sports, records and achievements play an important role in defining and establishing legacies for both teams and players.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has some interesting records and phenomena, some may even be described as unbelievable. Case and point, did any player ever won both the scoring title and the Defensive Player of the Year Award in the same season, emphasis on the same season? “No way?” That was my initial reaction but, it happened. If you had to pick a name, you would probably match my pick and name Michael Jordan, and you would be right. He did so in the 1987-88 season.
Here is another one, any player ever scored a triple double in every game for the entire season? I’ll spare you the suspense and say yes, Oscar Robertson. He did so in the 1961–62 season when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.
These days, an NBA’s team record is under assault. The culprit? The Golden State Warriors. The victim? The Best Single Season Team Records held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls hold the current record with 72 wins and 10 losses during the regular season. Actually, they hold the top three best records with 69 wins, 13 losses, and 67 wins 15 losses in the seasons 1996-97 and 1991-92 respectively.
As of yesterday, the Warriors are on an impressive run of 26 wins and a single loss. They are 12-0 at home, 14-1 on the road with 9-1 in the last 10 games with the loss as the 25th game of the season. Note that by this point in the Bull’s record breaking season, they had 24 wins and 3 losses. The Warriors are looking well under way.
That said, by no means this is a forgone conclusion. After all, the regular season is long and hard, and lots can happen before you put in 82 games. The Warriors can partially influence their destiny. They need to be mindful of the threat of complacency, beware of the fatigue element, and keep players healthy and inline.
No doubt the road is long and hard, and they need luck, lots of it in staying injury free. Could they do it? I don’t know. Do I want them break that record? Hello no! I am a die-hard Michael Jordan and ’90s Bulls’ fan. There was much more excitement in the league back then and it was much harder to win.