Metta World Peace thinks the new-look Los Angeles Lakers can be good in 2012-13.
How good does he want them to be? Better than the 1995-1996 Bulls team that went 72-10 on its way to an NBA Championship.
The oft-outspoken forward said the Lakers, who added Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this off-season, want to go 73-9 or better in the regular season.
“We definitely want to beat the Bulls record and go 73-9, that's definitely something that I want to do," World Peace said in a radio interview. "Whoever is out there at the beginning of the season then we gotta get it. It's as simple as that. We just have to go get it."
It's not the first time World Peace has spoken out about how good the Lakers can be this year. Two days ago, he said nobody was getting past the Lakers this year on their way to a title.
With a core group of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Nash and Howard, who is recovering from back surgery and will miss the beginning of the season, it's impossible not to think of the Lakers as contenders in the Western Conference.
But the last time a team made reference to overtaking records set by Jordan and the Bulls' dynasty of the 90s was LeBron James two seasons ago, with his famous "Not one...not two...not three..." speech at the Heat's preseason celebration.
That Heat team won 58 games and the Eastern Conference Finals, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games in the NBA Finals.