The NBA needs records happening.
I want to add a qualifier to that. The NBA needs records by perpetual winners &/or storyline types.
If a record is set by a forgettable player, then it kind of devalues the record. For instance, if you see Michael Jordan has a record you go "dayummm", if you see Kevin Love beat the record it's like "eh good for him".
I'm not trying to devalue those who get records - but as time goes on, you really want records to be held by those who are memorable. If someone's going to beat a record, you want them to be around the same mark.
Kobe is memorable because he was a superstar who had valid comparisons to Jordan, a 5 time champion, an MVP and a storyline for controversial reasons. He fits both billings.
Charles Barkley was a star who didn't have much success championship wise, but he was such a storyline he still fits the bill.
Tim Duncan will be remembered for perpetual success.
Now imagine players like Harden and Westbrook. They're good, they've been good for a while. They might get some records.
But 10, 15, 20 years down the track are people going to remember these guys and talk about them like we talk about them today? Probably not, they'll likely be rather forgettable. In fact, there's probably a lot of guys in the past and down the track who have had similar types of impact in the NBA. No doubt there will be in the future.
So sure, guys might set records, but if you see a record with a name that's not associated with perpetual success, superstardom or storyline behaviour then I hate to say it, but it kind of diminishes the record. Even though the record is broken.