In the discussion of the greatest teams of All-Time, this current Warriors dynasty have certainly put themselves in the conversation. It's hard to argue that a team that won back-to-back titles against LeBron James, boasts a 125 win total in two seasons, stacked with 4 All-Stars, 2 MVPs and two of the greatest shooters the NBA has ever seen don't at least deserve consideration.
The bigger question now, is who would beat them? MJs Bulls would absolutely pose a threat, but what about Kobe and Shaq's three-peat Lakers team? It's no easy topic, but Shaq thinks he's got the answer.
Despite all the dominance we've seen from the Warriors, the legendary big man says his Lakers team could easily beat 2018 defending Champs.
"I think we'd easily win," O'Neal told 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. (Hall of famer Allen Iverson) went off on us and stepped over (former Laker) Ty Lue."
The 2000-2001 Laker team O'Neal is referring to hear is the same one that went nearly undefeated in the Playoffs en-route to a Championship. Kobe, Shaq, Rick Fox, Ty Lue, Horace Grant, Derek Fisher... that's a roster that certainly speaks for itself.
Then again, there's no telling how they'd do against the three-point happy Warriors of today. If anybody can guard Steph, it's Kobe, but what about KD and Klay? The Warriors would definitely pose a challenge to the Lakers. We've also seen them struggle with size and dominance down low, something the Lakers would obviously have with Shaq.
It's a debate that can go on for ages, and there's no clear answer. All we know is that both teams were great and that it's a shame we'll never get to see them face off.