OKLAHOMA CITY – The Warriors confirmed Saturday that yes, they found recent comments from former NBA players who think the teams of old would have beaten Golden State to be amusing.
“They obviously want to get in the media and have their name heard again,” Warriors center Andrew Bogut said. “I just hope I’m not a bitter old man in my 50s and 60s. Every generation says the next generation is softer and slower and not as smart and not as physical. So I hope I’m not one of those guys that does that. It’s unfortunate. I respect all eras. Every era brought something different.
“When I’m on my couch with a beer open watching, I’ll respect everybody because I know what it takes to get to this league in whatever era you played in.”
“It’s just funny to me. It’s just funny that you can ask anybody,” Bogut said. “You can ask 12th man on a championship team from 1965, and some journalist is going to print the article.
“To us, we don’t really care about it that much. It’s more just starting to get funny now because they’re just asking random people from random teams that didn’t even win championships. It’s like, ‘Alright, cool. Great opinion.’”
Even Stephen Jackson told ESPN the “We Believe” Warriors would have beaten the current team. Steve Kerr, Jackson’s former teammate, smiled and said to take anything he said with a grain of salt.
“Every era is so different,” Kerr said. “The rules are different. The style of play is different. Would Wilt (Chamberlain) have been able to average 50 and 25 today with the rule changes? Probably not. But you can make an argument for every era. The 90s had dominant big men – Shaq (O’Neal) and (Hakeem) Olajuwon, (Patrick) Ewing and Rik Smits.
“But the rules have changed. It’s tougher to isolate. It’s tougher to post up. So you try to compare all this stuff, it’s pretty much impossible. So all that stuff, it’s meaningless, and it’s sort of amusing.”