Kerr, Curry Fire Back at the Former Players Who Keep Diminishing Warriors

Over the last three seasons, people from all over the basketball world have criticized the Warriors and tried to diminish their success.

"They're all right. They would all kill us," a sarcastic Steve Kerr told reporters on Friday after shootaround. "The game gets worse as time goes on. Players are less talented than they used to be. The guys in the 50s would have destroyed everybody...

"It's weird how human evolution sort of like goes in reverse in sports. Players get weaker, smaller, less skilled. I can't explain it."

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When the Warriors won 67 regular season games and the championship in 2015, many called the Warriors "lucky."

Last year, when the Warriors broke the Bulls' record and won 73 games, Scottie Pippen claimed that the 1995-96 Bulls would sweep the Warriors.

Horace Grant said that any of the Bulls' six title teams would sweep Golden State.

Even former Warrior Stephen Jackson guaranteed that the "We Believe Warriors' would beat the 2015-16 Warriors.

Steph Curry became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, but according to Oscar Robertson, his success was a result of coaches not understanding basketball.

Earlier this week, Magic Johnson said that the "Showtime Lakers" would probably sweep this year's Warriors.

"Kind of comedy for me because the hypothetical game is never one I've played and I don't want to be in that situation where you're having to argue that," Curry told reporters on Friday. "You can obviously have those barber shop type debates, ranking all-time greats and teams and things like that -- which is fun in certain settings -- but at the end of the day, you can't discredit what a certain team is doing based on trying to compare them to a team in the past because you really can't.

"You're not gonna suit up and play; there's no way to simulate that situation ... I respect every great team that's come before us, every great player that's come before us. I hope to be 20 years down the line, when the next great team comes up, to hopefully give them praise, too."

If the Warriors beat the Cavs on Friday night, they will become the first team to ever go 16-0 in the playoffs.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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