Even if you don’t follow sports, you have probably heard about the Golden State Warriors this season. This NBA basketball team, based in the Bay Area, has been putting on the most electrifying sports show that the world has seen in recent years (with all due respect, Leicester City). This team has followed up winning the NBA championship last year (it’s first in 40 years) with a performance that is shattering NBA records left and right.
- Best start to a NBA season, going 24-0 (previous record was 15-0 set in 1994 by Houston Rockets)
- Best start to a season in any professional sport (previous record set in 1884 by the St. Louis Maroons baseball team)
- Most number of consecutive regular seasons games going back to last season, at 28
- Best road start to a season at 14-0 (previously held by the 1970 NY Knicks)
As of today, the Warriors win-loss record is 55-5. The best season record ever stands at 72-10, accomplished by Michael Jordan and the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors are currently tied with that team for the longest home winning streak at 44-games.
Not only are they winning so much, but they are doing it by playing a style of basketball that is a joy to watch — players unselfishly passing the ball looking for the best shot, dazzling long range bombs, players cutting and streaking to the basket. Even seasoned sports journalists haven’t seen anything quite like this before: How the Golden State Warriors are Breaking the NBA.
And they are led by one of the most astonishing athletes in all of sports: a small-sized, scrawny, baby-faced man named Stephen Curry. The reigning MVP of the league is playing on a whole other level this year. His performance this year is completely defying all conventional wisdom about how basketball is played. Writers, fans, even his peers on other teams are left slack jawed at what he’s accomplishing.
I love sports, but I know some people have no interest at all in it. But I encourage you to pay a little attention to the Golden State Warriors this year. We are witnessing one of the greatest sports performances in history, and for those of you in the Bay Area, it’s happening here in our backyard.
A few days ago, they played the best game of the entire NBA season against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Enjoy the highlights here: