Shaq says his Lakers teams would ‘easily’ beat today’s Warriors

Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal and swingman Kobe Bryant teamed for three straight championships from 2000-03, losing to the Detroit Pistons in 2004.

Everyone loves to compare great teams from different eras and the former greats often remind you what made them great in these discussions.

And that would be extreme confidence.

Shaquille O’Neal was a dominant force during the 2000s, particularly the early part of the decade, when Shaq and Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to three straight titles.

So when asked if those Lakers could be today’s Golden State Warriors, you can probably guess what O’Neal answered.

“I think we’d easily win,” O’Neal told USA Today. “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. (former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson) went off on us and stepped over Ty Lue.”

Someone will certainly ask the Warriors for a response, and you can bet they will talk about their own dynasty, which has already led to four straight trips to the Finals and three championships.

The only problem with these debates, of course, is no matter what Shaq says, or how the Warriors might respond, there is but one truth:

We will never know.

1 Comment on "Shaq says his Lakers teams would ‘easily’ beat today’s Warriors"

  1. I have to agree with Shaqtus on this one. In his prime, Shaq was the only player I ever saw who struck absolute fear in his opponents by virtue of his size and physical power. Shaq would absolutely dwarf Draymond Green and Kobe would give Klay Thompson more than he could handle on both ends. The 2001 Lakers would own the Dubs, no doubt about it. I think those Lakers could have beaten any team, including the Jordan Bulls.

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