The 68–8 Golden State Warriors are on the verge of breaking the 72-win record held by the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls squad. All they have to do is go 5–1 over their final six games to top them. Does that mean that everyone considers them to be the better team?
Not according to Scottie Pippen, the small forward who starred alongside Michael Jordan on that Bulls team and was instrumental in leading Chicago to six titles in the 90s.
Pippen, one of the best defensive players in NBA history, doesn’t even think the offensively-gifted Warriors get a game off them, in a best-of-seven series:
— Seton (@HiMyNameIsSeton) April 2, 2016
“Bulls in four,” said the seven-time All-Star on a video that was tweeted by @HiMyNameIsSeton.
The matchup would be an interesting one to say the least as the Bulls were a strong, defense-oriented squad. Chicago’s record-setting team had three of the best defenders in NBA history with Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Michael Jordan.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) April 3, 2016
The trio combined for three Defensive Player of the Year awards and 24 First-Team All-Defensive NBA selections in their Hall-of-Fame careers.
Jordan, who won five MVP awards and led the league in scoring 10 times, is often regarded as the best player ever. Rodman, who led the league in rebounding seven straight years in the 90s, was one of the best interior defenders ever.
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) April 3, 2016
Meanwhile, this year’s Warriors squad is led by reigning MVP Stephen Curry and his “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson in the backcourt. The 6-foot-3 Curry has already shattered his own NBA-record for most three-pointers in a season (369) and seems a cinch to secure his second straight MVP, while averaging a league-high 30.0 points per game.
Thompson isn’t far behind at 22.4 points per game and has 260 threes himself this season (second to Curry), giving the Warriors the two most prolific long-range shooters in the game.
A series between them and the Bulls of 20 years ago would at the very least be entertaining.