Shaquille O'Neal Claims His Lakers Teams Would ‘easily' Beat Warriors

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Shaquille O'Neal believes his Lakers that won three straight titles from 2000 to 2002 would have zero problem against the current Warriors.

"I think we'd easily win," Shaq told Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY Sports. "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." 

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Shaq thinking his squad would win easily isn't the funny part -- it's what he said next that should make everybody laugh.

When it was brought to Shaq's attention that Iverson recently said LeBron James doesn't even compare to Michael Jordan in terms of who is the best ever, the four-time champion responded with:

"We're talking about two different eras. Jordan averaged 30 points when people could beat you up. The game was more physical. In this era, I'd average 45 without free throws. Jordan ruled the 90s. Me and Kobe did the 2000s and LeBron's doing his thing now. Numbers-wise, yeah, I guess you could say he's up there with Jordan." 

This is of course hilarious because basketball in the early 2000s is extremely different than basketball in 2018, so how can Shaq say that his Lakers would easily beat today's Warriors?

We have zero clue who would win in a seven-game series so it's pretty much pointless to even have the discussion...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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