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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar doesn't think the Warriors would beat the L.A. Lakers of old

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The recent slew of legends -particularly former L.A Lakers stars - who have something to say about the Golden State Warriors refuses to relent.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the latest to answer the hypothetical, but highly debated question: could their team beat this Warriors side?

It all stems from Klay Thompson's fun-natured jab at his father Mychal, following Golden State's game two victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the ongoing NBA Finals.

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"We are better than the 'Showtime' Lakers," the shooting guard said, interrupting teammate Draymond Green who was fielding a question about whether the Warriors could be compared to a team from any other era.

Of course, his father, Mychal, played as a forward for the 'Showtime' Lakers so Klay was clearly having fun with his statement.

However, the NBA isn't a place that will take your comments with a pinch of salt, or a pinch of anything.

Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal have both suggested their respective Purple and Gold sides would have beaten today's Warriors, even though they are the reigning NBA champions and just recorded a never-been-done-before 73-win regular season.

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Klay's father actually sided with him in the argument, but now that you're brought up to speed, Abdul-Jabbar is the latest to weigh in on the topic that no one can ever truly answer.

"You would have to really go out and play the game with the players to find out what it's like," the Lakers legend said. "I think the Showtime Lakers had guys who could defend on the perimeter. Guys don't go to college now, they don't learn how to play defence away from the basket."

That's not strictly true. LeBron may not have gone to college, but these days, players have to complete at least one year of college before they can grace the big league.

"It's an offensive game now," Abdul-Jabbar continued. "They eliminated hand checking. So now it's very hard to guard people away from the basket. It's different in the way that the game was played. It's changed the dynamic, and there's really no way to compare them. They're a very talented team and they'd be a great team in any era."

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It's a pertinent point from the all-time great. The game is certainly different and in the current climate, nobody suits the game better than the Warriors. However, Abdul-Jabbar believes that coming up against a presence like Shaq inside would have been the Dubs' undoing.

"Especially with the fact that they don't have any Shaq. Size really matters on the court. Even in an era with small ball, if you have a guy who can score inside, that creates problems inside. Imagine if Shaq was playing against the Warriors. I don't think they could do anything with them."

That's an intriguing point of view. Draymond Green can tussle with anybody, but anybody is not Shaq. Nobody could live with O'Neal in the paint in his prime and in today's game the Warriors would probably foul out before they knew it.

However, that's just yet more speculation. It's literally impossible to definitively say who would win; who is going to comment next? Kobe Bryant?

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NBA Finals
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Klay Thompson
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