STEPH Curry admitted he hopes the Golden State Warriors will be able to close in on the longest winning streak in NBA history.
In a conference call with international media outlets on Thursday morning (Manila time), the transcript of which was given to Spin.ph, Curry didn’t deny that they have talked about wanting to break the historic 33-game winning streak achieved by the Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West-led Los Angeles Lakers in 1972.
The Warriors have won 16 straight games to open the season, the longest in the NBA, sparking talk of possibly breaking the record of the Lakers.
“We talk about 33,” Curry said. “I think I've probably talked about it more than anybody else on the team, just because I know about the history and just really how hard it is.
“We've had like two 16-game winning streaks the last two years and those are pretty special feats. For us to have to double that output, I mean we're going to play hard and hopefully close in on that record, but it won't be a disappointing effort if we don't get there,” Curry added.
Curry stressed the importance of having ‘tangible goals’ that include breaking the 33-game winning run by the Lakers.
“That's important to have like tangible goals that you can look at it and really work for. Obviously, for us, we do a great job of just staying in the moment. Nobody really talked about the 15-0 record until probably last week when we were around 12 wins, 11, 12 wins, because you can't really get too far ahead of yourself. “
Curry said the winning streaks also had a lot to do with the leadership of assistant coach Luke Walton, who is currently leading the team after head coach Steve Kerr took a leave due to complications to his back problems.
“We're out there executing on the floor and we have a lot of chemistry and we're trying to take our game to the next level from what we did last year. And everybody has a part in it, from the coaching staff all the way down to the 15th guy on the roster. So, everybody is locked in and focused.
“And the system that Coach Kerr implemented last year is the best thing that we pride ourselves on defensively and offensively. So, the message is still the same. Go out, play hard every night, and try to execute the style of play that we've established and hopefully good things happen. And, obviously, 16-0 is a good sign of that,” said Curry.