In a recent interview with Complex, Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry was asked about a hypothetical streak between the 2017 Golden State Warriors and the early 2000s Los Angeles Lakers.
On what such a series would look like, Steph said: “At the end of the day, if you could play each other in an alternate universe, us against the Lakers of 2001, obviously we think we can win. I don’t know who would keep Shaq, but I don’t know who would keep me and Klay either. We rock with that. And three is better than two. Steph’s comments reached Shaq, who responded on his podcast saying, “If [the Warriors] don’t cross me, I’m going for 60 without the free throws.”
As the NBA evolves into smaller, more versatile rosters, the hypothetical conversation surrounding Shaq in this era is one that comes up frequently. While the Warriors popularize this style of basketball, the speculation of a Shaq facing them isn’t new either. That said, there is certainly a unique element to the 2017 Warriors vs. 2001 Lakers debate that goes beyond Shaq’s dominance; however, the Hall of Fame center is certain he would dominate this game.
The duo of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant is often compared to the duo of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, simply in terms of dominance. Both duos dominated their respective eras, and while a hypothetical series would be fun, fans will never really know what one would look like.
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