Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson admitted that they want to follow the path of the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls, who established a dynasty by winning six NBA titles in the 1990s. According to Nick Friedell of ESPN, Thompson said the Warriors are trying to become a “dynasty that will be in the minds of NBA fans forever" and emulate the legacy of the 1990's Bulls. The Warriors, for their part, have won two titles in the last three years, leaving them with four championships to chase to match the Bulls’ achievement, which they accomplished behind Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

“We still have a long way to go, but I do see the fandom, the fanfare like the Bulls had in the '90s,” said Thompson, a three-time All-Star. The 27-year-old Thompson was only a one-year-old when the Bulls started their dynasty, winning three straight championships from 1991 to 1993. When Jordan returned from retirement, the Bulls accomplished another three-peat from 1996 to 1998. Thompson admitted that the current Warriors are not on the level of the 1990's Bulls but they are getting close to becoming the latest NBA dynasty. Two seasons ago, the Warriors topped the 72-10 regular-season mark by the Bulls when they went 73-9 during the 2015-16 season. However, the Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals that season.

Warriors favorites to win NBA title

With the core of their last season’s championship team intact, the Warriors are the heavy favorites to win their third NBA title in the last four years. The Warriors will be spearheaded by Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Thompson. The Warriors signed Curry to a supermax five-year deal worth $201 million and Durant to a two-year, $53 million contract, $9.5 million lower than the maximum salary that he can demand.

Through Durant’s generosity, the Warriors were able to sign Andre Iguodala to a three-year, $48 million deal, backup playmaker Shaun Livingston to a two-year pact, and retained David West and JaVale McGee via one-year deals. The Warriors also added shooting guard Nick Young and journeyman forward Omri Casspi from the free agent pool.

Warriors no match for 1990's Bulls

When asked if the Warriors could challenge the 1990's Bulls if they square off in the NBA Finals, Pippen told The Dan Patrick Show that they would beat the Curry-led squad via sweep. Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is also convinced that the 1990s Bulls could handle the current Warriors squad, per an interview with the Chicago Tribune.