THE BREAKDOWN: Michael Jordan’s hate is real, and powerful. Above is Jordan’s official statement on the Golden State Warriors breaking his ’95-’96 Bulls’ 72-10 record, and below is the official translation.
“I want to congratulate the Warriors on their amazing season.”
Jordan takes the power stance early. He’s driving the action. Even by making a public statement, Jordan is, in a way, reaffirming his place in the basketball hierarchy. He might as well have said, “I’ve decided to congratulate the Warriors.”
“The game of basketball is always evolving…”
He’s saying basketball’s getting worse. He is, at best, saying basketball’s getting easier. It must keep MJ up at night that Steph doesn’t get hand checked into the stands every night.
“…and records are made to be broken.”
Classic shade here. A great way to take the shine off a record being broken is to remind people that records are broken all the time. MJ’s first draft had a “Big deal!” in it. Surprised he took it out.
“The Warriors have been a lot of fun to watch…”
Think about it this way: the only word Michael Jordan used to describe the Golden State Warriors, the team who had just completed the Best Season in NBA History, was “fun.” He didn’t use “best,” or “incredible,” or “great.” He called them “fun.” That is so goddamn funny, I can’t stand it.
“…I look forward to seeing what they do in the playoffs.”
Michael Jordan is having the Republic of Cuba roll the World’s Largest Cigar, and if the Warriors somehow lose the ‘15-’16 NBA Championship, Michael Jordan’s gonna smoke that cigar, and then put it out in a pair of Steph Curry’s Under Armour sneakers.