Draymond Green isn't done defending the 2017 Golden State Warriors against anybody who dares to bring them down. In recent days, the 4x NBA champion has been active on social media, debating fans and analysts on hypothetical matchups. After calling out a Fox Sports analyst for comparing the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers with the 2017 Warriors, Green continued expressing his opinion, but this time he referred to the current debate involving the Chicago Bulls.
A couple of weeks ago, Draymond took to Twitter to claim that his Dubs would have dominated the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz in the 1998 NBA Finals. He sounded pretty confident about his team's chances while saying that it is 'dumb' to compare teams from different eras.
I’m watching the 98 Bulls vs. Utah in the Finals… I can’t help but notice our 2017 team would’ve beaten these Bulls by a dub and these Jazz by 40 if they’re going to play these brands of basketball. And that’s why it’s dumb to compare Era’s
Four days later, Draymond has doubled down on those comments, saying that the scores from those Finals are unthinkable in modern-day NBA, naming that the main reason why his team would have beaten the mighty Bulls.
“Everyone is talking about your tweet about how you could beat the 98′ Bulls by a dub, you really believe that? Draymond Green: By 40! Interviewer: 40? Who is locking up Jordan? Draymond: It ain’t about that, it ain’t about locking nobody up. See the part that people miss is there’s a difference in era. See those guys playing from the free-throw line in, see I was watching Game 5 of the 98′ Finals against the Jazz, the final score was 82-81. That is a halftime score. My whole point is comparing the eras, it just doesn’t make sense. No one is scoring 82 points in a game today. I don’t know if we’re sweeping the Bulls but I know we’re winning and I’d have my fifth ring.”
Draymond is always bold with his statements, and he's not changing anytime soon. A lot has been said about a hypothetical seven-game series between the Bulls and Warriors, but as it happens with everything, this discussion will never be settled.
The truth is, defense in the 80s and 90s was a lot better than today, and teams actually put in the work to stop opponents. That's why it was easy to see games with those scoreboards. Even though Green is a great defender, his game wouldn't have been as good in the 90s as he thinks.
Everybody will have something to say, and given that we won't be able to see these teams clashing on the court, it's impossible to know what would have happened if they went at it.