Toni Kukoc, Bill Wennington, More Former Bulls Comment on Warriors Comparisons

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan scolds Atlanta Hawks' Dikembe Mutombo, not shown, as Bulls' Toni Kukoc looks on during the third quarter Tuesday, May 6, 1997, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)
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On Wednesday night, the Chicago Bulls will be hosting the 38-4 Golden State Warriors, a team that has been compared to the 72-10 Michael Jordan-led Bulls team of 1995-96. 

As the defending champions continue to chase that team's mark for the best single-season record in NBA history, some members of that Bulls team are giving their take on the Warriors, per's Nick Friedell

Toni Kukoc, the small forward behind Scottie Pippen, was confident about who would win in a matchup between these two great teams. 

"I'll bet you out of, I don't know 15 players, probably 16 would say that we would beat them," Kukoc said. 

Still, Kukoc had high praise for Golden State guard Stephen Curry, who continues to light up the league. 

"There are people [who] think that he's the best player in the league," he said. "It's hard to argue that he is the best player, but he is certainly the best scorer, the best shooter, very, very talented ball-handling guy and he uses every bit of it. It's a pleasure to watch him."   

Bulls commentator Bill Wennington, once a backup center, has been watching the Warriors' progress closely this season and has enjoyed what he's seen:

I've thought a lot more this year about the 72-10 season than I have in the past because they're so close to doing it. Now they've just picked up their fourth loss in Detroit the other day so I'd lie to you if I say I wasn't happy about it. But records and rules are made to be broken. It's going to happen one day. The longer it lasts the better it is. But they're a great team, they play in a great system, they move the ball well, they play together well ... they're fun to watch.

Randy Brown, a backup point guard on the 1995-96 Bulls team, provided some insight as to how the Warriors might be approaching their games and handling the spotlight on them no matter which game is on the schedule. 

"I remember Michael in training camp, he said every game was going to be like a playoff game to him," Brown said. "And that's the way we approached it."

Wennington has observed similarities between the chemistry of the two teams, as there is production from all corners of the roster. 

"It looks like they genuinely like each other's company," Wennington said. "Everyone understands what their role is on their team. And so in that way I think they're very comparable because guys are going out there, everyone's playing real well."

He even compared some of Golden State's players to some of his former teammates, likening guard Klay Thompson to Pippen and forward Draymond Green to rebounding extraordinaire Dennis Rodman.

But he knows from experience that this is just the beginning of the Warriors' quest. 

"The second half of the season is a lot harder than the first half of the season," Wennington said. "In the end he's [head coach Steve Kerr] going to remind them that the record doesn't matter. It's the ring at the end that matters."

And having the best record in league history will be little solace if it doesn't provide a championship. Golden State's playing in a Western Conference with a San Antonio Spurs team that will surely play a part in its fate. If the Warriors don't follow through with another championship, that would end all debates on whether the 1995-96 Bulls team or Golden State's 2015-16 team is the best of all time.