HOLLYWOOD – Manny Pacquiao thinks the Golden State Warriors are capable of making history in the NBA this season by breaking the league’s all-time best record on the way to a second straight championship.
And that’s not because he’s an avid supporter of Steph Curry and Co.
The boxing superstar and part-time basketball playing-coach believes experience and teamwork will propel the Warriors past the great Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls for the best NBA regular-season record of all-time and clinch back-to-back titles.
Jordan and the Bulls own the league’s best mark of 72-10 established in the 1995-96 season when they won their second straight championship.
“Sa tingin ko kaya nilang i-break 'yan,” said Pacquiao, 37. “Mahirap talunin ang Warriors. Gamay na nila (ang isa’t isa).”
Pacquiao also noted the Warriors are not merely about Curry and 'Splash Brother' Klay Thompson.
“Mahirap i-stop 'yung opensa nila. Lahat nakaka-shoot,” he said over breakfast on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time0 at his mansion where among the guests were PBA great Kenneth Duremdes and ex-pros Zaldy Realubit and Emerson Oreta.
“Pag malas si Curry, may Thompson ka. Tapos may (Dreymond) Green, may (Mareesse) Speights, tapos may (Leandro) Barbosa ka pa.”
With nine games left in the regular season, the Warriors currently carry a league-leading 66-7 slate, one-game ahead of the Bulls’ pace when they set the record 20 years ago.
It’s also to the advantage of DubNation that six of the team’s last nine outings will be held at the Oracle Arena, where they are unbeaten in 33 games this season, including one against Western Conference rival San Antonio Spurs on April 8 (Manila time).
The Warriors are actually scheduled to meet the Spurs twice during that stretch, one in which they face them at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on April 10 (Manila time).
Golden State is also set to face playoff contenders Utah (March 30), Boston (April 1), Portland (April 3), and Memphis (April 9 at FedEx Forum) and April 13 (Oracle Arena), all Manila time.
Of the lot, Pacquiao pointed out to the Spurs as the biggest threat to the Warriors.
“Malakas ang Spurs, karamihan mga beterano,” said the Mahindra playing coach.
But he said a big factor that determine the Warriors’ fate is the health of starting center Andrew Bogut, noting how Golden State routed San Antonio with the Australian big man around, 120-90, and lost without him, 87-79.
“Basta nandiyan si Bogut. Basta may malaki sila,” he said.