Bucks owner Marc Lasry would like his team to gun for 73 regular season wins and top that off with an NBA championship.
And he told all of this to Michael Jordan in Paris last week, who advised him to focus solely on winning a title.
“I think we should do everything,” says Lasry of his dominant 41-6 Milwaukee squad.
“Everybody wants to be recognized for being unique and different. I mean, all these players,” said Lasry. “When I was in Paris, I was talking to Michael about this, and I said, ‘Well, what do you think? I think we’ve got a real shot at doing what you guys have done [win 70 games]. This is a really unique team.’
“And he goes, ‘Look, my advice to you is don’t focus on beating our record, focus on winning a championship.’ And I said, ‘Wow, that’s great. Thank you for that. Just so you know, we’re going to focus on beating your record and winning a championship.’ I think we should do everything, but that’s me.”
Lasry made it no secret that he is looking for this Bucks team to become the third in NBA history to win 70 or more games, joining Jordan’s 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10) and the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors (73-9).
“I was hoping we’d get to 80. … I know everybody’s happy at 70, but I was going for 80,” Lasry said, laughing. “When we ended up losing a couple more games, I was like, ‘Damn.’ But we’ll see. I’m the wrong person to talk to because I actually think we’re really good, we have all these capabilities, and what’s actually unique about our team is how much it’s a team. If you sort of think about it, everybody looks out for each other, and everybody sacrifices for the other player. You don’t see that with a lot of NBA teams.”