NEW ORLEANS -- The Golden State Warriors have begun the season 21-2 and are on a 16-game win streak, but first-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr is rejecting comparisons to the 1996 72-win Chicago Bulls team on which he played.
When asked if the Warriors could pull it off, Kerr responded, "Oh God, no. No!"
Kerr followed that exclamation with, "We had this guy named Michael Jordan on that team. That year, I think we were 41-3. So if we can go 21-1 the next 22 games, come talk to me."
Kerr explained why the Bulls' record will never be matched by chalking it up to Michael Jordan's personality.
"What I remember that year is there were about 10 games where Michael just decided, 'We're going to win,'" he said. "And every other team on Earth would have lost those 10 games. And Michael Jordan was ... there'll never be another one. Nobody has ever come close, and I don't think anybody ever will. He wanted to break that Lakers record of 69 wins, so he decided we would do it, so we did it. There's only one Michael."
The Warriors won their 16th straight with a 128-122 overtime victory over the Pelicans on Sunday night in New Orleans.