In a conversation with Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant discussed how his Los Angeles Lakers teams would have stacked up against other dynasties, seemingly mentioning the Golden State Warriors.
Bryant argued that Shaquille O’Neal would have slowed the game down and made the Warriors uncomfortable.
He also noted the entire exercise is fruitless, because there’s no real way to compare teams of different eras.
Kobe Bryant believes his Los Angeles Lakers teams with Shaquille O’Neal would have held their own against the small-ball teams of today’s NBA.
In TNT’s “Players Only: Shaq & Kobe” sit-down conversation special, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal re-hashed their days with the Lakers, including how they’d match up with other great teams in NBA history. Bryant seemed to mention the Golden State Warriors by mentioning “small ball.”
Nearly every great player in NBA history has argued that their teams could beat the Warriors. Many of today’s NBA analysts believe the Warriors, with their speed and shooting, could run bigger, slower teams off the court. If nothing else, their reliance on three-pointers would put math on their side.
But Bryant argued that the Lakers were uniquely constructed to take down the Warriors.
“I don’t think you guys really understand how much we controlled paced and tempo,” Bryant said of critics who argued the Lakers couldn’t keep up today. “Because with [Shaq] down there, the game stops. You can’t go anywhere. Because the defense has gotta come down and get you, which stops them from running out. There’s nothing you can do. There’s no long rebounds, none of that going on. The game is always chopped up because you’re always drawing fouls all the time.
“And so, I would just love to see how they would deal with that.”
There hasn’t been a singular, foolproof method to beating today’s Warriors, but they have at times struggled …read more
Source:: Business Insider