Booger McFarland: The 2013 Heat May Be Better Than The 1996 Bulls
We all know that records are meant to be broken. We all know that when we say: “Man she/he is the best looking person I ever saw,” that tomorrow we will see someone just as good looking, or better. My point is time always brings something that is better than we had before.
This brings me to the Chicago Bulls of ’95-96 that were 72-10 and went on to win another NBA title with what some would call the best NBA regular season ever. They were lead by the unquestioned best player in the game, Michael Jordan, one of the 50 greatest players ever, Scottie Pippen and something called a Worm. They only lost 2 games at home all year and won their division by 20 games. Untouchable? Not so fast.
Now let’s take a look at the Miami Heat. They’ve won 27 games in a row and have the best record in the NBA. They are lead by the unquestioned best player on the planet, LeBron James, who is just coming into his prime. His side kick is arguably one of the two best guards in the last 10 years and, oh yeah, there’s this other guy named Chris Bosh who has been an all-star 8 times already. The Heat are making everyone look like child’s play in a more competitive NBA than when the ‘95-96 Bulls had their magical year.
If this team went head-to-head with a starting lineup of Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Longley, and Harper against the Miami Heat’s James, Wade, Bosh, Chalmers, and Haslem. Who you got? I see matchup problems both ways but maybe more in the Heat’s favor.
I know one thing for sure, I would pay to see that matchup. Something tells me that in a best out of 7 that series goes 7 games. This season is far from over and the Heat have yet to break the 33 game winning streak, but one thing is for sure, the ‘95-96 Bulls now have company for the best regular season ever, especially if 33 in a row goes down.