There has always been – and it’ll likely always be – a never-ending debate about which era of basketball was the greatest. Some old hoop fans will definitely talk about the 80s, while modern hoopers will deem those ballers “plumbers and firemen”.
However, if we had to listen to someone talk about basketball and its eras, it’d definitely be Shaquille O’Neal, the guy who started dominating in the late 90s and completely owned the league in the early 2000s.
And, according to the Big Diesel, the 90s have always been the greatest era, and that was the biggest input he could give us after binge-watching Michael Jordan’s The Last Dance like the rest of us:
“It’s a great documentary, I’m glad I watched it. It took me back into the 90s, I had the opportunity to play against him. I wish I could’ve played against Bird and Magic and maybe Kareem and all these guys but I got to play against the greatest basketball player in the world. I just realized the 90s was the greatest era of basketball,” Shaq told Stephen A. Smith during a Sports Center special.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 20, 2020
The 90s will always have their charm and that’s simply undeniable. We watched Michael Jordan completely dominate the league and spread the game all over the world but there were so many legends going against him every night as well.
We saw Barkley, Stockton, Malone, Payton, even a young Shaq. The 90s were more physical, less oriented towards the perimeter and you know you were just going to see a battle to the death every time out there.
But as to if we consider it the greatest era of basketball, we’re taking the high road here. Let’s stop comparing and just enjoy watching this beautiful games as it continues to evolve.