The Internet about done broke itself (seriously) when Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his career finale against the Utah Jazz. However, Wednesday night’s conclusion to the 2015-16 NBA season was monumental beyond that, as the Warriors broke the 1995-96 Bulls’ 72-10 regular-season record thanks to a comfortable win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Even though the Warriors made no secret they were actively chasing the record, getting win No. 73 was still a surreal moment for the players and head coach Steve Kerr, who, of course, was part of the ’96 Bulls team.
The other side of going for 73, though, was the state of the Warriors moving forward. Would they be fatigued moving into the playoffs? Would they get complacent? It’s hard to imagine the latter, seeing as they followed up an NBA championship with the best regular season in league history. And even Houston doesn’t feel good about its chances against Golden State in the first round.
While everybody knew what the Warriors accomplished was rare, just how they went about it further proves that this team, should it repeat as NBA champs, will go down as the greatest ever. It will — at the very least — be in the conversation regardless of what happens in the playoffs, and it was the feather in the cap of the league’s best player and surefire MVP for a second-consecutive year.
Then, there were the reactions from the ’96 Bulls themselves. Staying true to their earlier tune, they were more than complimentary of the Warriors surpassing their regular-season record.
With all of that said about the Warriors, there’s only one last thing to note: get ready for 74-8. For real, prepare for an entire offseason about whether the Warriors can do that.