With 16 straight wins to start the NBA’s 2015-16 season, the Golden State Warriors appear unbeatable at this point.
But as I read through various articles on the Warriors after their 111-77 ripping of the hapless Los Angeles Lakers, it is clear that Golden State is aiming for more than just new franchise or league records.
Other than achieving the best start ever in league history, Golden State can still achieve more records after the 34-point rout of the Lakers.
Ironically, LA’s 33-game winning streak, a feat the Lakers established during the 1972 NBA season behind veteran stars Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Gail Goodrich, stands as the team’s next target.
And then, the Warriors have the 72-win record the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls established as their next aim.
But in all these record-chasing trip this season, I like what interim coach Luke Walton told Yahoo Sports’ Marc Spears.
“The 72-win thing is far, far away, and we shouldn’t be spending any time thinking about that,” Walton said. “We will not be coaching this season to chase that record. We are still going to give players nights off during back-to-backs and we are going to do our best to limit minutes for some of our players. Our main concern is being healthy come playoff time.”
In short, coach Walton wants everyone to see the Big Picture–the Playoffs, where every win matters as they defend their NBA title.
For at the end of the day, establishing new league records won’t mean anything if the Warriors won’t be able to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy next June.
Winning can be a blessing or a curse.
A blessing if players realize that every win is a product of teamwork and hardwork, which could help them inch closer to their goal.
Or a curse if players begin to develop a feeling of “invincibility”, a thinking that they will just roll over the opposition without working hard on defense and working within the system.