The Golden State Warriors became just the second team in the history of the NBA to reach 70 wins, a stunning achievement that deserves the utmost recognition.
The other team to reach that plateau is, of course, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Led by a reinvigorated Michael Jordan and a roster stacked from top to bottom, the Bulls eventually bullied their way to 72 victories.
However, it was win #70 that gave them the all-time record, toping the 69 victories that the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers had previously held.
When the final buzzer sounded for #70 in ’96, Michael Jordan was fairly low-key in his interview with Craig Sager.
It wasn’t until after the game in his press conference that Jordan started to let the significance of the moment settle in, even if he did his best to downplay it.
“We came out and put a lot of pressure on ourselves to try and end the whole 70-win concept right here. Looking back, it’s going to mean a lot.” Jordan said. “The pressure is added now that we’ve won 70 games — that we have to win a championship.”
Jordan was eventually asked where he ranks winning 70 games among all of the accomplishments in his career, and at the time, it wasn’t very high on his list. However, he did leave his answer open-ended pending what the Bulls were able to achieve in the postseason.
“We put our name in the history books and I think that’s great, but the final piece of this puzzle is a championship,” said Jordan. “If we win a championship, when we win a championship this year, I’m pretty sure [70 wins] is going to rank right up there in the top three [accomplishments of his career].”
The Bulls did indeed win the championship that season, the first in Jordan’s second 3-peat with Chicago.
You can watch the full postgame press conference below.
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