As the Warriors close in on an NBA record 73-win season, there has been no shortage of punditry about Golden State’s place among the historically great teams such as the 72-10 Chicago Bulls.
Spurs guard Tony Parker is among the many to give Golden State their due respect for their unbelievable season—he just thinks it’s too early to judge the team’s greatness.
Parker’s Spurs haven’t missed the Playoffs since 1997 (coincidentally the last time Golden State won in San Antonio) and have won five titles in that time span.
Parker says it’s ultimately “the longevity” of a team that constitutes greatness.
From the San Antonio Express-News:
If the Warriors eventually complete their rundown of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls as the winningest team in the league history, there will be a rush to paint this Golden State club as the best ever.
Not so fast, Spurs point guard Tony Parker said. With all due respect.
“I’ll say they’ve been having an unbelievable season,” Parker said. “Being in the league for 15 years, it’s tough to try to get 70 wins, with all the back to backs and all the great teams you have in the league. So it’s pretty impressive.”
“Compare them to the Bulls,” Parker continued. “They won six (titles) in eight years. So you have to give a little bit of time to that (Warriors) team to see how well they’re going to do over 10 years, the longevity. Like us, the Spurs, we won five titles since ’99. That’s how you judge teams.”