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The 2016 Warriors winning 73 regular season games is a feat that no other team has ever sniffed besides the 1996 Bulls, but unlike the Bulls team led by Jordan, they fell short.
Despite this, future Warriors Hall of Fame forward Draymond Green said the team was still the best team ever on the Draymond Green Show with Volume Sports.
An all-time great team, but that’s a bold and also extremely biased statement to make when you’ve played for the team.
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The interview began with Draymond asking Steph Curry if he would trade his 2017 and 2018 championship rings for a title in 2016. It’s an interesting question because the only thing keeping this year’s team from speaking with the Bulls, showtime Lakers and Bird’s Celtics fell short of the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Curry finally said “no” and Green would even respond saying he knew the answer wasn’t genuine. He categorically admits that they both agree that a victory for the Warriors in 2016 would have secured this team’s legacy as the best of all time.
Obviously there will be plenty of old school basketball fans who will never hand that ‘best ever’ title to a jump shot team in the present day but winning 73 games, more than any other team in league history then beating LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers for all the marbles? What other team in the history of the sport can say they have accomplished such an impressive feat in six months? Not much, so the conversation for the best of all time would have at least sprouted some legs given this hypothetical victory. But of course, Draymond got suspended for Game 5, lost all of the team’s momentum in the series, and the Cavaliers won the title.
The conversation for the best team ever should be over, especially from the team members. If a player from another era wants to praise a team that missed out on a win, then fine. But creating a podcast and then diminishing the importance of a championship title to manufacture a case for the greatest of all time? We simply cannot let this pass. There’s certainly an argument for this team being one of the best basketball teams of all time, but you can’t be superior to those who haven’t lost. Jordan hitting the winners to hoist a championship banner has to mean more than a stronger bench or whatever advantage we want to give Golden State.
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It’s a shame for the team that they didn’t do it in 2016. They really do. These “best conversations ever” for finalists must die.