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With how great the Golden State Warriors have been over the course of the past three seasons, they have drawn a lot of attention from NBA all-time greats. While the praise for the team is generally high, the snide comments from some of those all-time greats about whether or not this Warriors team would stand a chance “back in the day” can only do damage to the sport, especially since many people tend to focus on the negatives as opposed to the positives.
This is a Warriors team that has won two of the past three NBA championships, and in the only season of the three during which they did not win the title, they won a record 73 games. They have won a record 207 regular season games over the course of the past three seasons, which is an even higher total than the Chicago Bulls ‘ total of 203 victories from the 1995-1996 season to the 1997-1998 season when Michael Jordan was in his prime.
But not everyone has been 100% in favor of praising the deserving Warriors. Take Magic Johnson, the current president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, for instance. Here is what he had to say about the “Showtime” Lakers facing off against the Warriors.
“We would probably sweep ’em. They’re too small. They’re too small.”
Here is how Stephen Curry responded to Magic’s hypothetical scenario, which is effectively all it is since we will never actually see the matchup.
Whether or not Magic’s Lakers would defeat the modern-day Warriors is immaterial. The fact is, if they would sweep the historically great Warriors team like Magic said they could, what would that make today’s NBA?
A joke, that’s what.
If the Warriors would be swept by the “Showtime” Lakers, who never won more than 65 games in a season, how would the other teams do? The Warriors are on another level as it is. If this Warriors team that has obliterated today’s NBA from top to bottom would be obliterated by a team from the 1980s and 1990s that never won more games than the Warriors’ lowest win total over the past three years, Magic is pretty much calling today’s NBA a joke.
So why would people want to watch it? People not only think the NBA predictable as it is; now they have the idea implemented in their head thanks to Magic Johnson that even the great team that makes the league predictable isn’t really that good. In other words, the other 29 teams are not even worth naming.
Magic isn’t the only all-time great to speak about the Warriors without thinking, either. Julius Erving thinks his 1982-1983 Philadelphia 76ers would walk away with a series against the Dubs, as do Rasheed Wallace and Rip Hamilton in regard to their 2003-2004 Pistons. None of those other players, however, said their teams would sweep the Warriors like Magic did. But the point is, the devaluing of the greatness of the Warriors is insane, and it’s not helping the NBA or its future.