A tongue-in-cheek comment from Klay Thompson following the Golden State Warriors' game two victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals has caused quite the stir amongst some legendary former players.
"We are better than the 'Showtime' Lakers," Thompson said, interrupting teammate Draymond Green, who was asked whether the Warriors could be compared to a team from a previous era.
The Warriors shooting guard was obviously taking a good-natured jab at his father, Mychal Thompson, who was a forward on that illustrious Lakers unit.
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Mychal, a member of two of the Lakers' five championship teams in the 1980s, seemed to side with his son on the matter.
"I admit this: We would shoot. And we shot eight 3s a game. They make eight 3s a quarter," Mychal Thompson said Monday on the Thompson and Trudell Show on ESPN LA 710. "Golden State would outscore us 50-15 on 3s. So how are we supposed to win? So I agree with Klay, I think they would beat us. We couldn't keep up with them offensively because of the way they can score so quickly."
Magic Johnson is commonly regarded as one of the greatest point guards of all-time. He was a vital component to that famous Purple and Gold outfit and, of course, would be faced with guarding either Stephen Curry or Thompson if the dream match could ever transpire.
The five-time NBA champion and career-long Laker disagreed with his former teammate, Mychal, and insisted his 'Showtime' Lakers would beat the Warriors man for man.
"We've never seen two guys who can shoot like Steph [Curry] and Klay, and I give them that," Johnson said Tuesday on First Take. "But they've never ran up against somebody like us. I'm telling you, whoever is going to dog me, I'm going to be wearing them down. I'm going to be wearing them out. James Worthy will be wearing them out, wearing them down. Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] is going to be wearing them out, wearing them down
"Klay's dad, Mychal Thompson, is one of the smartest players I've ever played with in all of basketball," Johnson added. "But the Warriors would have bad matchups against us. There's no way they're going to deal with Kareem. There's no way they're going to deal with James Worthy. The thing that we could do, that would affect them and cause some problems, is that we could set up and we could run on them on the fast break."
Johnson continued by showering the Splash Bros in praise, but couldn't help but get defensive about his legacy in the process.
"I think what [Curry and Thompson] have done for the league has been amazing," Johnson told First Take. "They are going to be great for this league, the NBA, for a long time, especially if they sign Steph to a long-term contract.
"But at the same time, I'm never going to give in to nobody -- I don't care who it is. I don't care what Mychal said. ... My 'Showtime' Lakers would beat the Warriors. I don't care what you say or anybody else. I'm coming at them and I'm coming hard at them."
Unfortunately, we will never know the answer to the question: who is better? One thing that everyone can agree on, though, is that these are two of the greatest sides of their era, and that's not something to be said lightly.