Walton: Warriors' main concern ‘being healthy,' not 72 wins


OAKLAND – Despite the buzz around the Warriors and their chances to break the NBA record for wins in a season, interim coach Luke Walton could not be more emphatic about reiterating its place on the team’s priority list.

Surpassing the record of 72 wins established by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls is low, much lower than overall team health and winning another championship.

“I’ve also said before that we’re not going to coach this season trying to chase that record,” Walton said prior to the Warriors-Lakers game Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

“We’re still going to give players nights off on back-to-backs,” he added. “And we’re going to do our best to limit minutes for some of our players. Our main concern is being healthy come playoff time.”

The Warriors entered Tuesday night at 15-0, two games ahead of the pace set 20 years ago by Michael Jordan and the Bulls. No matter. Though that record may be within reach, it’ll remain out of view if the coaching staff has its way.

“The 72 thing is far, far away,” Walton said. “We shouldn’t be spending any time thinking about that.

“We’ve got a lot of work and a lot of games and a lot of practices in between here and that possibility.”

Contact Us