Klay Thompson believes he and his team are on the verge of historic greatness.
While speaking with the media ahead of the NBA’s Global Games in China against the Timberwolves, the Golden State guard discussed the franchise’s future when asked whether the Warriors were the closest thing the NBA had seen to the Bulls dynasty.
“What’s that, six championships in eight years?” Thompson said Saturday, via ESPN. “So we’re, what, like only a third of the way there? I think it’s close. We still have a long way to go, but I do see the fandom, the fanfare like the Bulls had in the 90s.
“Every time the Bulls came to town that was the ticket of the year. Now it’s when the Warriors come to town, that’s the must-see game. And we don’t take that for granted; that’s such a cool position to be in. We rarely play in front of a crowd that’s not sold out. That’s so special. It’s hard to really grasp that as a player. So I think it’s close, I still think we’re not on their level yet, but that’s what we aspire to be of the 2000s. We aspire to be that dynasty that will be in the minds of NBA fans forever.”
The 1990s Bulls won six championships in eight seasons while being led by superstar Michael Jordan. According to the NBA’s annual GM survey, a whopping 93 percent of managers believe the Warriors will win their third title in four years in the highest margin since the league enacted the survey 16 years ago.
Golden State will take on the Timberwolves in Shanghai Sunday before returning to Oracle Arena for its final preseason game Oct. 13 against the Kings. The Warriors will then embark on what could be another championship season when they open the regular season Oct. 17 against the Rockets.
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