On Wednesday, Shaq did his retired NBA player thing when he was asked how his 2000-2002 title-winning Lakers would fare against this era's dominant Warriors squad. "I think we'd easily win," O'Neal told USA Today, surprising absolutely no one. Less than two years ago, he told Complex just about the same thing. Even less surprising was Steph Curry's response when informed of O'Neal's completely unprovable prognostication.
"Oh, he's dead wrong," Curry informed ESPN. "Of course. We'd beat them. We can go back-and-forth all day." It's unclear if he was joking, seeing as how we're the last people to make that evaluation.
Shaq acknowledged the arbitrariness of the whole thing, but pointed out that the Lakers were one blazing Allen Iverson Game 1 in the 2001 Finals away from going undefeated in the postseason that year. "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. [Allen Iverson] went off on us and stepped over Ty Lue."
However, the Warriors were one blazing Cavs shooting performance away from going undefeated on their way to the 2017 title. Curry, like Shaq, knows this whole back-and-forth is designed for NBA Twitter, and that comparing eras, even recent ones, are impossible to really answer, which is fun for some.