Lakers legend O'Neal spoke earlier this week about how he feels his old guard are a cut above any other team.
For reference, the most similar spread for a current National Basketball Association team taking on the Warriors - based on our Action Network Power Ratings - would be the Brooklyn Nets, who rank 12.3 points behind Golden State in our current rankings.
For me, I think it's a tough conversation because I've always found it hard to compare eras to each other. "(Hall of famer Allen Iverson) went off on us and stepped over (former Laker) Ty Lue".
Los Angeles captured three straight championships from 1999-02, while Golden State has taken home three of the last four titles and now lead the Western Conference with a 19-9 record.
Golden State superstar Stephen Curry believes historically great teams in any era should be able to stand on their own merits in the annals of history, but he isn't going to let anybody think they can beat the Warriors.
Even before the Toronto Raptors completed a series sweep over the Golden State Warriors last night without Kawhi Leonard, Hall of Fame center Shaquille O'Neal was questioning the Warriors' dominance in the context of history. "Just in terms of us accomplishing the goal and fulfilling the potential that we have", Curry said.
He is expected to walk away from the Pelicans at the end of the season and he hinted he would not move to the Lakers by claiming Oklahoma City Thunder are the best team in the Western Conference. But we had one of the best teams of all-time in 2001 when we went 15-1 in the playoffs.
Comparing teams from different eras will nearly never produce a definitive answer. It is impossible to determine whether the Lakers with Shaq and Kobe were better than the current Warriors, just as there are some who suggest the Showtime Lakers were better than the Chicago Bulls that won two three-peats. "Hopefully that's how they'll approach us when they talk about us 20, 30 years from now looking back". "And we're still in the middle of it".
As it turns out, the oddsmakers back him up, as the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook's Jeff Sherman told ESPN's Nick Friedell the Curry-led Warriors of today would be 12.5-point favorites over the 2001 Lakers on a neutral court.