Stephen Curry’s remarkable season has drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan, and the reigning MVP says that MJ’s legacy is part of what drives him.

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, currently 23-0, appear to be on a crash course with the 1996 Chicago Bulls’ legendary 72-10 mark, and Curry doesn’t sound daunted in the least by the very high standards set by the GOAT.

The 27-year-old superstar says the Dubs are better than last year’s title-winning squad, which is very bad news for the rest of the L.

Per ESPN:

Do you want 34 [the Lakers won 33 straight games in the 1971-72 season]? […] “Why not? It’d be an amazing accomplishment. On that same note, we don’t want to fast-forward. Just like this start, nobody thought about it until the 12th game. There’s so much in between.”

 

Do you want 73 [the Bulls went 72-10 in the 1995-96 season]? […] “Yeah, but we have to do it the right way. We want to keep getting better and be at our best come April. If we don’t win the championship, what good is 73?”

 

Is going down as the GOAT in your mind’s eye, or do you just go in conceding that title due to the presence of one Michael Jordan? […] “It’s a high mountain to climb, but I’m pretty motivated to take on the challenge. Whatever that means, however you got on that mountain, why not try to climb it? And do it in your own way.”

 

So you are trying to top MJ as the greatest of all time? […] “Yeah. Why else would I be playing? You want to be the best you can be. And if the best you can be is better than him, then why not? That’s good motivation.”