With the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors being two of the NBA dynasties since the 2000s, there have been a lot of ‘what ifs’ about who would win.
“He gonna be in foul trouble the first two minutes, let’s put it that way,” O’Neal said.
As for Curry, O’Neal believes the Lakers would have trapped him and forced other Warriors to shoot or ‘laid his little [expletive] out’ when he drove to the basket:
“We would’ve let them come off the pick-and-roll and we would’ve trapped Stephen Curry and made someone else shoot,” O’Neal said. “If that didn’t work, we would’ve let Stephen Curry drive to the basket and I would’ve laid his little ass out a couple of times. Period.”
Since the game has changed significantly over the last two decades, the three-peat Lakers playing the Warriors really depends on which set of rules are being used.
While there is obviously an advantage for three-pointers over layups and midrange jumpers, the team that controlled the pace of the game would be another factor.
Although Green is an extremely versatile defender, O’Neal played against much bigger players than him and teams were forced to double- and triple-team him.
Since this will be a never-ending debate, the Lakers and Warriors are two of the greatest teams ever and they can make good arguments for why they would win.