The Golden State Warriors' pursuit of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' regular-season record has been one of the major talking points of the campaign since the Dubs went 24-0 to kick off their title defence.
The topic remained something of a taboo subject around the Oracle Arena until the past fortnight when Steve Kerr finally opened up and said his players were keen to write their names into history.
With five games to go, the Warriors need just four more wins to go down as the most winningest team ever in the regular-season, but Kerr insists they are not pushing for the record.
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As per USA Today, he said: “We’re not really pushing for this. All we’ve said is, ‘Yeah, it’d be nice to get. We’d like to get it.’
“But if I were pushing for it, I probably wouldn’t be resting (backup point guard) Shaun Livingston and (center Andrew) Bogut, and I’d be playing our starters more. We’re just playing it out.
"I don’t understand if people are going to say that we’re pushing for this. I don’t think that’s the right word to use. We’d like to get it, but we’re still resting people and trying to get us set up for the playoffs.”
The Pacific Division organisation suffered a surprise loss to the Boston Celtics over the weekend that ended their 54-game home run and also made their pursuit of 73-9 that little bit harder.
The Dubs have three games left in the Bay Area against the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies, with two road trips to the Spurs and Grizzlies sandwiched in between their final home outings.
With Gregg Popovich up to his old method of resting players down the stretch, there is a possibility they could walk away from their two games against San Antonio with a 100 percent record, but only time will tell what Kerr decides to do with his players.
With the Warriors so close to the Bulls, a number of the former Chicago players have been asked about the 2015 champions. Scottie Pippen even said that he thought the all-conquering team of the '90s would sweep the Dubs in four.
Kerr said that does not bother him, expanding: "Every player out there who is connected to that team is going to be asked that question, and my response is always the same. The rules are so different, and the game is so different. We take 30 threes a game, or more, but the defensive rules are totally different in terms of illegal defense.
“With the old illegal defense rules, we would’ve had a hard time guarding the post. But now we can flood the strong side in a pseudo-zone. Back then you could hand-check, now you can’t hand-check. It’s hard to make a comparison if you’re really looking at it objectively, so I don’t even bother.”