The Warriors' Run At History: An Editorial
If you are even a casual watcher of the National Basketball Association, you may know that the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title last season. You may or may not know that they did it coming off a 67-15 regular season record, which was the highest win record in franchise history. You may have noticed that the squad is now at 68-7.
The math tells us that there are 75 games down, and 7 more to go in the regular season of 82. For those of you that do not know, let me tell you that when you hear the phrase, "chasing history," attached to the Warriors, it refers to the record of regular season wins.
Now, it so happens that the aforementioned distinction is held by the 1990s Chicago Bulls.
Stay with me on this. The 1990s Chicago Bulls are the greatest professional basketball team in the history of the National Basketball Association. The greatest team in history was led by the greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association. I am, of course, speaking of His Airness Michael Jordan.
His Chicago Bulls had a season in which they went 72-10 and won the NBA title.
Now then, if the Golden State Warriors win just four out of the last seven, they will tie this illustrious record. If they win five or more, they will, of course, actually break that record.
Now then, I know that you (whoever 'you' may be) know all of this. Let me come to the point of this editorial. From what I gather from ESPN, there seems to be a back-and-forth among the sports commentator/NBA analyst community about what the Warriors should do, with the playoffs about to commence.
Should they think about "resting" key players, to insure that they have sufficient energy to perform at their best in the playoffs, and quite possibly---some might say, quite plausibly---repeat as League champ?
Or, should they simply go for it, go for "the history"?
In my view, people on the former side of the argument are overthinking the matter. These people imply, also, that if the Warriors break the record and lose the title it will be a kind of taint on their season.
I. If you are an NBA team and you have the chance to, in some way, eclipse an accomplishment done by the greatest team in NBA history, led by the greatest player in NBA history, there is no question that you must go for it.
a. The Warriors will never be this young again. They will never be this hot again. They will never be this cohesive again. They will never be this 'healthy' again. That has to be the thinking. When opportunity knocks, as the say, you must answer and let him in. You have to think that you will never get this chance again----whatever it is.
II. Let me say this again because it bears repeating. If the Golden State Warriors win 73 games, they will have eclipsed the accomplishment of the greatest professional basketball team in the history of the National Basketball Association, which was led by the greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association, His Airness Michael Jordan. That accomplishment is a "World Title," in and of itself!
III. What about the possibile "taint" of tying or breaking the record and not winning all the marbles?
a. The reason that the enterprise is called "sports," is because nothing is guaranteed to you, no matter what you do.
What about this: What if the Warriors "rest" players, fail to tie or break the regular season win record, and fail to win the NBA title? That can happen too. There is a reason the endeavor is called "sports."
IV. Suppose the Warriors break the regular season record (First Great Victory); and suppose they win the West (Second Great Victory), it would be no great dishonor to lose to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (disappointing, though many say unlikely defeat).
V. I, in fact, hope the Warriors win all seven and go 75-7.
a. The San Antonio Spurs have just registered their 63rd win, the most in franchise history, I understand. I also understand that this is their fourteenth straight season of posting 50 or more regular season wins; and that this is a rather laudable achievement.
I would like to see the Golden State Warriors raise the bar. I would love it if they spent the next decade and a half posting at least 60 or more regular season.
VI. In my opinion there is too much of a devaluation of the regular season, in both basketball and football.
VII. I hope the Warriors break the regular season win record. Even if they should lose the title to the Cavaliers, so what? Nobody wins them all. And if this team just keeps the course "steady as she goes," they will be in the thick of things, in championship contention for the next five years easy!
In conclusion let me just say: Wow! Are you as shocked as I am that I actually came in under a thousand words on this one?
Thank you for reading!