After the Warriors beat the Lakers on Wednesday to set a new record for best NBA season start, Kobe Bryant set a new goal for a record Golden State could break.
The 1971–72 Lakers hold the record for longest winning streak at 33 games, a mark Bryant thinks this year’s Warriors could surpass, according to USA Today.
“Yeah, they could do it – because they’re good,” Bryant said after his team’s 111–77 loss Wednesday. “It’s a very young league, and they’ve managed to put together a team of extremely intelligent players and extremely versatile players, and great shooters. And so I see no reason why they couldn’t continue to extend (the record).”
Bryant—who played one of the worst games of his career Wednesday night, making only one of 14 shots—said the key for the Warriors maintaining their dominance will be battling complacency.
“The challenge for them is going to be conflict,” Bryant said. “You’ve got to have some kind of internal conflict that keeps the team on edge, you know what I mean? Because if not then it just becomes so easy. You kind of coast, and you kind of fall into a malaise....
“But they have the players to do it. They have the system to do it, and they have the hunger to do it. So it’s just a matter of going out there and playing.”
The Warriors will try to keep their 16-game winning streak alive against the Phoenix Suns (7–7) on Friday.
- Erin Flynn