So far in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors have absolutely been torching the Cleveland Cavaliers. And while this is surprising to a certain extend given that the NBA has the best representatives from each conference going up against each other, the Warriors are historically good. They did win 73 games in the regular season and just completed a comeback in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
That combination of performance both in the long-term and short-term is begging even more comparisons to other historically great teams, aside from the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. On Sunday after the Game 2 victory, a triumphant Draymond Green — who shot so many threes Steph almost lost his mind — was asked if these Warriors could beat the Showtime Lakers.
Although they play a different style, they’re very similar in how cohesive they work as a unit. The absurd passes came so naturally during fasbtreaks for the Lakers of yore much like the Splash Brothers Warriors around the arc.
But out of respect for the Lakers, Draymond humbly declined the notion that the team could hold their own against Magic Johnson, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and James Worthy. The Warriors play with an unabashed confidence that saying yes would make almost them look bad, as though they’re doubling down on how good they really are. Green instead opted to explain that because the two teams are in separate era, they can’t obviously face each other.
Klay Thompson didn’t bother to hide under the veil of respect for the basketball forefathers, however. He interjected during Green’s time on the mic to say, “We’re better than the Showtime Lakers” albeit facetiously. Thompson does have a connection to the Showtime Lakers. His father Mychal was part of that squad from 1987 to 1991, making this seem more like a jab to his dad than a cocksure declaration of the Warriors’ superiority.
The media got a laugh out of it, and we can only wonder what would happen if the two teams somehow managed to face off in a basketball court unhinged from the concept of linear time.