The comparisons between the Golden State Warriors of today and the Chicago Bulls of 1995-96 are relentless, and with the regular season record in sight for the former, they're only likely to intensify.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has the luxury of being on both sides of the fence. The former point guard was a part of the Bulls side that made history by going 72-10 in the 1995-96 regular season, but has also steered his reigning NBA champions to 69-8 this term with five games remaining.
In addition to NBA veterans and legends weighing in on which side is better, fans everywhere can't stop talking about the two side's. But, in truth, no man is better qualified to judge than Kerr.
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It's a topic that really is subjective and incredibly hard to define. These team's won't ever be able to battle it out in their prime, so trying to match-up teams in contrasting eras is a task in itself.
Speaking to the San Francisco Gate, Kerr appears to be resorting to humour now after seemingly fielding the same question a thousand times.
"First of all, it’s a really hard question to answer — not just because you’re comparing eras, but also because it’s literally tough for me to answer grammatically. I don’t know who ‘we’ is and who ‘they’ are." I’ll just say: ‘If the two teams played each other, there’s no question that we could beat us and they could beat them.’"
However, Kerr had a different tune back in December 2014 when speaking to Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN. Of course, the Warriors would go on to win the NBA title that season and started off like a house on fire with a 21-1 record.
Although they'd ultimately boast a campaign of 67-15, they would have to wait to challenge the Bulls' regular season legacy. Kerr believed Michael Jordan's influence was the difference maker back then and he was a man that no team could match.
"Oh God, no. No! ... We had this guy named Michael Jordan on that team. That year, I think we were 41-3. So if we can go 21-1 the next 22 games, come talk to me.
"What I remember that year is there were about 10 games where Michael just decided, 'We're going to win,'" Kerr said. "And every other team on Earth would have lost those 10 games. And Michael Jordan was ... there'll never be another one. Nobody has ever come close, and I don't think anybody ever will. He wanted to break that Lakers record of 69 wins, so he decided we would do it, so we did it. There's only one Michael."
While Steph Curry has a long way to go before he can breathe the rarefied air that MJ does, Kerr's comments came before Curry broke a tonne of records to drive the Warriors to their present day position.
With two of their final five games against the San Antonio Spurs, can the Warriors break the Bulls' record? And if they do, are they, therefore, better?