In recent league history, no team has been more dominant than the 2017 Warriors, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant version. But a legend is not impressed by this collective yet so strong. The Hall of Famer is sure he could have stepped on him only on this dynasty.
The NBA has welcomed many great teams in recent years, but none have managed to reach the level of the Warriors of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. The two Finals MVPs will undoubtedly end their careers in the Top 10 of the best players in history, they were trained by one of the best coaches, and supported by talents like Draymond Green and Klay Thompson… They were unplayable.
And this adjective is not exaggerated, quite the contrary. On the playoff campaign which allowed them to win a second ring, the men of the Bay won 4-0 against the Blazers of Damian Lillard in the first round, 4-0 against Rudy Gobert’s Jazz in the second, then 4-0 in the conference final against the Spurs of Kawhi Leonard. In fact, the Cavaliers are the only ones to have won against this dynasty once.
Shaquille O’Neal has the Warriors racquet destroyed.
However, not everyone bows to the clear superiority of Golden State over the period. In his podcast, Shaquille O’Neal made it pretty clear how his Lakers would have walked on the Warriors, especially given the weakness of the inside sector available to Steve Kerr in 2017. The Diesel thinks he can beat the Bay men single-handedly:
My team with the Lakers, the one that had a record of 15 wins and 1 loss on the road to the title, is the best team of all time. We shouldn’t have lost a single game during this campaign. I say we would win a duel against these Warriors, since I do not know who would defend on Kobe Bryant and me. They think they can beat us because they don’t know who can defend on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
But here’s how we’re going to do it. Once they’re hot, Derek Fisher is going to send them into the racket and I’m going to kick their ass. I will blow them up. And in defense they will have to double up on me. Without that I easily score 60 points, not counting free throws. I love Stephen Curry, he’s my favorite player, but here’s my theory.
For Shaquille O’Neal, the physical difference would be far too great in favor of the Lakers in this hypothetical duel between the Purple and Gold and the Warriors. In a racket composed of Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, the Diesel would have feasted under the basket, thus chaining the easy baskets. And what about the Mamba, who could target Stephen Curry in attack…
Shaquille O’Neal is indeed the most dominant center of all time, but historically Draymond Green has held up very well. Choc facing interiors bigger and beefier than him. This duel is in any case enticing.