With just four games left of the regular season, the Golden State Warriors are just four wins away from making NBA history by surpassing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' 72-10 regular season record.
After two defeats in their last three games, however, the 69-9 Warriors have played down their interest in breaking the record. Draymond Green said recently he wished the regular season would just end while Dubs head coach Steve Kerr has admitted the record chase has been a distraction.
According to Kobe Bryant, a man whose competitive drive is legendary, that shouldn't be their attitude. The Black Mamba told ESPN's Baxter Holmes that Golden State should be zoned in on making league history.
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"If I’m them and I’ve got a chance to set a record, I’m trying to set the damn record," the soon-to-be-retiring star told Holmes. "I don’t care what anyone else says."
"If you’ve got a chance to do that, go do it — and win a championship."
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Bryant has never been one to back down from a challenge and his relentless will to win has been a key factor behind his success in the NBA over the past 20 years. With just three games left of his pro career, it is clear that drive still remains.
Despite his five rings and numerous personal achievements, the closest Bryant and the Lakers came to the Bulls' 72-10 record was in the 1999-2000 season when they finished 67-15.
The Warriors, though, have a real chance at creating history if they can recover from their recent blip. In Bryant's eyes, they would be foolish to pass up on the opportunity.
Nevertheless, even if Golden State do re-focus their efforts on finishing the regular season with four straight wins, it will be no easy task.
Steve Kerr's team have to face both the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies twice before the campaign is done.
The Spurs have already beaten the Warriors recently and will be keen to dent their rivals' confidence heading into the postseason. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are no pushovers as they too prepare for playoff basketball.
Whatever happens, the next seven days will be huge for both the Warriors and Kobe Bryant.
The reigning NBA champions will either make history or have to field questions about under -performing in the clutch, while, for Bryant, the next week will bring to an end one of the most impressive careers in the league.
You can be sure both stories will be making the headlines as the regular season draws to a close.