Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal said his Los Angeles Lakers team that won three consecutive titles in the early 2000s would "easily beat" the modern-era Golden State Warriors, a team trying to become the first to three-peat since the Lakers did so from 2000-02.
"I think we'd easily win," O'Neal told USA TODAY Sports by phone when asked which team was better. "Other people might feel different, they (the Warriors) might feel different. But we had one of the best teams of all-time in 2001 when we went 15-1 in the playoffs. We would've gone 16-0 but A.I. (Hall of famer Allen Iverson) went off on us and stepped over (former Laker) Ty Lue."
That team O'Neal referenced was the 2000-01 Lakers squad that nearly went perfect in the postseason if it weren't for an Iverson-inspired 76ers upset in Game 1 of the Finals. Iverson was MVP that season and scored 48 points before L.A. won the next four to claim the Larry O'Brien trophy.
So your thoughts on that? I just had a small debate on that last night with a friend who is a warriors bandwagon fan. I would easily agree with Shaq. We had the most dominant center of all time in Shaq, he would just crush Cousins today under the rim or even guys like Durant and Iggy. Plus the game evolved, teams are playing small ball today, so Shaq would just dunk it in their faces.
You mix that up with a young 21-22 year old Kobe and thats really lethal. Kid was hungry back then and was evolving at his time in the league back then. Then you have guys like Fisher, Horry, Grant, Harper, guys who bring you experience and veteran leadership but who mostly have the BALLS and the courage to take important shots.
All in all, kids nowadays dont know the value that this team had back in the 2000era and the impact they had on the NBA.
I would ALL DAY go with the Lakers of 2000!
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