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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.