Tim Kawakami: Warriors get their space among all-time teams

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:44 PM

You can't see far from the Warriors' attempt for an NBA-record seventy-third regular-season triumph on Wednesday, not for a millisecond. You don't dare.

Tim Kawakami: Warriors get their space among all-time teams

Everything presently narrows down to one team, one goal, one chance at one more victory, and the grand gravitational draw of imminent history.

You can't see far from the Warriors' attempt for an NBA-record seventy-third regular-season triumph on Wednesday, not for a millisecond. You don't dare.

Which is precisely what the Warriors have wanted and chased all along.

"You can't not speak about it at this point," forward Draymond Green said Tuesday, with a large quantity of satisfaction.

"The whole world'south talking about it now. It's everywhere."

It can't be brushed aside, ignored or downplayed. It's happening right here, in front of the world, in the final game of a long regular season at Oracle Arena and right before the playoffs, when the Warriors will go for back-to-back championships.

This isn't merely about the Warriors pushing past the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' NBA-record seventy-two victories, though that's the specific and stated goal for Green, Stephen Curry and their teammates.

Wednesday'south game against Memphis is about placing this Warriors grouping alongside - or ahead of - the greatest and most significant teams in recent sports history.

Forever. Or at minimum until the following all-time team emerges, maybe twenty or thirty years from now.

"When I go out to give business leadership talks with Ronnie Lott, the first thing that comes up is what the Warriors are doing," said Roger Craig, a leading member of the grand 49ers dynasty. "Not us!"

Craig said this with a laugh, of course. And then kept chuckling a small bit when I asked: Could this Warriors team be the greatest in any sport since the 49ers ruled the NFL?

"they've a excellent start right now," Craig said. "But let'south don't leap so fast."

Craig went on to pay full tribute to the Warriors, saying that Green'south all-around game reminded him of his own and that Warriors owner Joe Lacob and coach Steve Kerr have achieved the same structural things that Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and Bill Walsh keep together with the 49ers decades ago.

Oh, and Craig had one more Warriors-49ers comparison: Stephen Curry and Joe Montana.

"(Curry is) love Joe, he does his thing on the Ct and he leads by example the way he plays the game," Craig said. "Joe wasn't a vocal guy but when he talked everybody listened.

"I'll bet they've the same mentality in the Warriors locker room when Curry talks. He leads by example, that'south Curry'south greatest asset."

The Warriors probably have to win several more titles to equal to the full breadth of the 49ers' dynasty - five championships in fourteenth seasons, including back-to-back after the one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight and one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine seasons.

And the Warriors are already at a level near to the A'south when they won three consecutive World Series from 1972-74 then were broken up, the grand A'south teams from 1988-90, the Giants during this running of championships in two thousand-tenth, two thousand twelve and two thousand fourteen, and the Raiders' consistency throughout the one thousand nine hundred seventy and '80s.

But if you measure the apex of this record-breaking moment, there might only be one comparable Bay Area team: The 49ers at the very peak of their dominance.

"It'south very similar to our 'eighty-four team which was the first to win eighteen games (15-1 in the regular season, three playoff victories)," said Randy Cross, a star guard on that 49ers team, via email.

"We were in 'Next' mode all year, number disrespect to our opponents but the issue wasn't in question, how much do we win by and who'south 'Next.' All grand teams have that in common."

49ers then equals Warriors now, it'south an irresistible comparison.

That'south portion of the gravitational tug of this Warriors team, which is pulling all conversation and focus to the E Bay, and the opportunity for 73.

On Tuesday, that drew former baseball MVPs Mike Trout and Albert Pujols - both in town with the LA Angels - to Warriors practice, and into spirited shooting contests with Curry and Green.

They'd to drop by to be a vicarious portion of this, to perceive some of the significance and the energy.

"You go for records, you go for rings," Trout said, when asked what he thought about the Warriors.

"You set your goals high. And obviously they set their goals genuine high and they have a chance to meet their goal."

Not long ago, the Warriors coaches and executives thought seriously about resting their stars down the stretch, but Green and Curry essentially vetoed that idea.

They wanted the record, so they fought through some late-season weariness, a few injuries to key players, and surprising residence losses to Boston and MN earlier this month.

Then the Warriors gutted out back-to-back road victories in Memphis and San Antonio to obtain their seventy-first and seventy-second victories, and presently comes the grand finale.

You don't create history by doing the simple stuff, you do it by getting past all the hardest things.

"There'south an enormity to it that doesn't create sense, right?" common manager Bob Myers said recently. "Growing up here ... I was on record earlier in the year saying it'south not going to happen, it's impossible."

It'south here now. It'south more than possible, it seems nearly inevitable. One game, one victory, one team ... you can't see away, because you'll recollect this forever.

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