NBA training camps have not opened yet, but Lakers forward Metta World Peace has already established a rather outlandish goal for his team.
In a recent radio interview, World Peace said the Lakers - who have added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to a team that already includes Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol - are out to break the NBA record for the best regular-season record, which is 72-10, established by the 1996 Bulls.
"We definitely want to beat the Bulls record and go 73-9, that's definitely something that I want to do," World Peace said on ESPN 710 radio in Los Angeles, according to SportsRadioInterviews.com. "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."
Asked by the host whether the Bulls' record was something he's thinking about, World Peace said, "No question. You try to snatch records before you leave this earth. You gotta try to do a lot of great things so it's definitely a goal. With Dwight Howard, Nash, Kobe, myself, Pau and then (Antawn) Jamison and a lot of great additions it's something that's possible."
The Lakers said recently that Howard, who had back surgery last spring, won't be ready at the start of training camp, and it's unclear when he'll be available to play.