Hello once again NBA fans. Welcome to another edition of NBA Roundtable. Well the San Antonio Spurs broke the ’95-’96 Bulls record by winning their 38th straight game in a row at home. They only have 3 more games to go and they will be undefeated at home. Can they do it? Only time will tell. This week we will discuss the Golden State Warriors making history, where Kobe Bryant ranks among the all time greats, and so much more here on the NBA Roundtable.
Here are the questions this week:
If the Golden State Warriors break the ’95-’96 Bulls record of 72 wins but do not win the NBA title will it be considered a failure?
Todd: I am going to to say yes. In most sports today you are judged by championships not records. Look at the 2007 New England Patriots, they went 16-0 in the regular season and ended up losing the supper bowl to the New York Giants. All any one ever talks about is how they lost to the Giants in the super bowl. I think if the Golden State Warriors win 73 games and do not win the NBA title it will be a complete failure on their part. There is another reason I say this. That is because as of last week they are actually going after the record instead of resting guys.
João: Yes, I think so. Getting 73 wins but not winning the title would be a tremendous failure, akin to what the Patriots did some years ago in the NFL. I think the team is going to try to balance both objectives and I believe they should be ready to rest some players just before the playoffs start. The playoffs and the title are more important than the regular season record. Getting both would obviously be tremendous.
Steve: It would be a major disappointment for the Warriors to win 73 games and fail to win the NBA Championship. It would show that they were so dominant in the regular season, but could not win when it matters. Even though they are the defending champs, anything short of an NBA title would be a failure for the Warriors. It wouldnt matter if they won 73 or not, they would forever be in second place from those 95-96 Chicago Bulls.
Chad: Championships are what matter in the sports world so yes it would be a disappointment.
Kobe Bryant’s career is coming to an end, where does he rank among the all time greats?
Todd: As I have Said before I am a die hard Laker fan all the way back to the showtime era days. I would probably rank Kobe Bryant among the top 10 of the all time greats.
Which team is the biggest disappointment this year? Which team is the biggest surprise?
Todd: The biggest disappointment by far has to be the Chicago Bulls. They were expected to compete with the Cavaliers for the East and now they are just fight to make the playoffs. The biggest Surprise has to be the Toronto Raptors. They lost the 6th man of the year Lue Williams when he signed with the Lakers and they are 2nd seed in the East.
What are your thoughts on the D’Angelo Russel-Nick Young drama in Los Angeles?
Todd: I think it was a terrible mistake gone wrong. I think the media made it sound worse than it really was. I think D’Angelo Russel is young and he will bounce back from this. Hopefully Nick young will find it in his heart to forgive him and they can both move on.
It is said that Steph Curry is a shoe in to win the NBA MVP this year. Will he be the first player in NBA history to be unanimously selected?
Todd: Curry will clearly win the MVP but No he won’t get all the votes. Russell Westbrook will get a vote or 2. Russell has 16 triple doubles this year which is the most since Magic Johnson back in 1988-’89 when he had 17. Westbrook also is averaging 23.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 10.4 assist per game.
João: I think Curry will clearly win the MVP award, with or without winning 73 games. That having been said I believe some other players will get some votes and deny Curry his unanimous selection: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant. It just takes one first place MVP vote for one of these for it not to be unanimous, and I think that will happen here. But Curry will still win by a landslide, no doubt about that.
Steve: If anyone does not vote for Stephen Curry it would be a crying shame. Absolutely he wins the MVP for the second straight year. I seriously cannot think of any other player that is even close to the level of Steph Curry this season. If he is not unanimous, it would be shocking.
Chad: He will win MVP; it should be unanimous but I could easily see a vote for Lebron or Westbrook sneaking through.
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