With Michael Jordan back in the lineup after a stint with the White Sox’ minor league affiliate, the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls were, as they say, unstop-a-bull. They became the first NBA team to reach the 70-win plateau on way to posting a 72-10 regular season record.
Before the Bulls’ magical year, the best record had been held by the Bill Sharman-coached 1971-72 Los Angles Lakers who finished the season at 69-13. The 1996-97 version of the Bulls, again led by Jordan, would match this record.
RUNNING WITH THE BULLS
Usurping the Bulls for the best single-season win percentage will be no small task. Since 2000, only one team has managed as many as sixty-seven wins — the 2006-07 Dallas Mavericks.
This year’s Golden State Warriors were cruising along with a .857 win percentage before last night’s overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls (who else?). With the loss they have dropped to an .837 win clip, which if maintained through to the end of the season, would secure them fifth place all time. Fittingly, the Warriors are coached by Steve Kerr who as a player helped the Bulls to their best two season records.