NBA.com: Sacramento Kings assistant coach Randy Brown knows what a 70-win NBA team looks like.
He was on one.
Or should I say, he was on it, because the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls are the lone team in league history to reach the 70-win plateau during their record-setting 72-10 season.
You might remember Brown, a role player who wore No. 0 on the Bulls’ 1996-98 championship team, for trying to wrestle the game ball away from Michael Jordan after Chicago downed Seattle in Game 6 of the 1996 NBA Finals.
“I went for that ball,” Brown told me before his Kings played the Lakers on Sunday. “It’s Toni Kukoc’s fault. I told him to give me the ball and as you can see, Michael and I are running for it and then it hit me: It’s Father’s Day, let the guy have the ball. So, I let it go. He was destined for it, so it was no big deal.”
With a 118-108 win over Sacramento, Los Angeles pushed its record to 11-1, moving ahead of Chicago’s pace in ’95-96. The Bulls started their season 10-2, losing to the Sonics on Nov. 26 before going on a 13-game winning streak to set their record at 23-2 by Christmas.