The Golden State Warriors once won 73 games in a single season, but if coach Steve Kerr had his way, his team would never have a chance to win that many games again.
Of course, it’s highly unlikely that the Warriors could reach that mark for the second time. It’s unlikely that any team will. But when asked about the shortened 72-game schedule this season, Kerr said fewer games feels right, even if it would deprive many teams of reaching 60 or even 70 wins.
Here’s his comment, courtesy of 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.
The season is of course shortened due to the pandemic, but Kerr think 72 games could be a better than 82. A shorter season has long been considered a good idea by many players, with team ownership reluctant to relinquish revenue at the gate.
I wonder if Kerr is thinking of his 73-win team of 2016. Breaking the regular-season wins record became a bit of an obsession for the Warriors, and they devoted a lot of energy to the feat. It didn’t seem to affect them terribly, given they had a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals and lost, but still, Kerr never seemed completely on board with going all out for the record.
If he had his way, all of those old win benchmarks would become obsolete. I don’t see it happening, but ya never know.
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