When it comes to cherished, long-held records, Michael Jordan isn’t exactly the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
If the NBA’s regular-season record of 72 victories, set by his 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, falls to the Golden State Warriors, Jordan is fine with it. He won’t be popping champagne if Golden State comes up short.
“‘Go ahead and break the record,'” the Warriors’ Klay Thompson says Jordan told him during All-Star Weekend, according to Warriors sideline reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude.
The Warriors, the defending NBA champions, are one game ahead of the Bulls’s pace after 52 games and must go 25-5 to break the record. At some point, though, the question will be whether it’s more important to break the record or to rest players for another playoff run.
“We’ll probably rest guys down the stretch,” Thompson said Friday on ESPN Radio (via ESPN.com’s Marc Stein), “but we’re so deep of a team that we should have a chance to win every night.
“Obviously, we’re playing for more than just 73 wins — we’re playing for a championship — but if it’s right there for us, we might as well try and take it.”