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  6. article_body => "<p><em><strong>Programming note:<\/strong> Warriors-Magic coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and <a href=\"http:\/\/www.csnbayarea.com\/WarriorsStream\" target=\"_blank\"><strong>streaming live right here.<\/strong><\/a><\/em><\/p>\n<p>The Warriors went 67-15 last year and won the NBA title.<\/p>\n<p>This year, they are 51-5.<\/p>\n<p>But according to former Warriors guard\/forward Stephen Jackson, his Golden State teams were better.<\/p>\n<p>\"My Warriors team would beat today's Warriors team,\" Jackson declared on <em>ESP<\/em>N's show \"The Jump\" on Thursday afternoon. \"I guarantee that. I guarantee that.<\/p>\n<p><strong>[RELATED:&nbsp;<a href=\"http:\/\/www.csnbayarea.com\/warriors\/klays-message-warriors-have-lot-reasons-celebrate\">Klay's message: Warriors have 'a lot of reasons to celebrate'<\/a>]<\/strong><\/p>\n<p>\"They're great, don't get me wrong. I'm not taking nothing from them. But we would have beat them. We had more heart. We had more heart.\"<\/p>\n<p>The 2006-07 \"We Believe\" Warriors went 42-40 in the regular season and made the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.<\/p>\n<p>They shocked the No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of the playoffs, before falling to the Utah Jazz in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals.<\/p>\n<p>The 2007-08 Warriors won 48 games but missed the playoffs -- the most wins for a team that didn't reach the playoffs (the 2013-14 Suns won 48 and also missed the postseason).<\/p>\n<p>Jackson was suspended for the first seven games of that season, and the Warriors got off to a 1-6 start.<\/p>\n<p>Jackson was also somewhat critical of Steph Curry.<\/p>\n<p>\"I would take nothing from Steph. Steph's a great player. He's a great shooter. He's a great player. But, I always respected the guys that did everything in the game -- play defense, scored, shot 3's, posted up,\" Jackson explained. \"He has a great team defense. I think if you put him one-on-one on some guys, he would get scored on every play.\"<\/p>\n<p><strong>[RELATED:&nbsp;<a href=\"http:\/\/www.csnbayarea.com\/warriors\/oscar-curry-great-because-coaches-dont-understand-basketball\" class=\"active\">Oscar: Curry great because coaches don't understand basketball?<\/a>]<\/strong><\/p>\n<p>The conversation started because of comments made Thursday morning by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson about Curry.<\/p>\n<p>\"He shot well because of what's going on in basketball today,\" Robertson said.&nbsp;\"In basketball today, if you can dunk or hit a 3-point shoot, you're the greatest thing since sliced bread ... when I played, if a guy made an outside shot, next time I'm gonna be on top of you.<\/p>\n<p>\"I'm gonna pressure you three quarters, half-court defense, but now they don't do that. These coaches do not understand the game of basketball as far as I'm concerned.<\/p>\n<p>\"If I got a guy who is great shooting the shot outside, hey, you want to extend your defense out a little bit?\"<\/p>\n<p>Last week, Gary Payton tweeted: \"I could never play basketball in this soft era. All of my contract money would go toward fines. Lol.\"<\/p>\n<p>Jackson agrees with Robertson and Payton.<\/p>\n<p>\"Guys took more pride in playing defense, and stopping their man,\" Jackson lamented. \"It was more personal. These days, kids making a lot of money, everybody wants to score points. Nobody cares about defending their man, and nobody cares about putting their career and their physical fitness on the line.<\/p>\n<p>\"I played in both eras, and I think he's (Payton) right. The game has definitely changed. It's a lot softer. When I was in the game, there were way more hard fouls. It wasn't personal. It was more passion. If you watch the game now, the passion is not the same. It's definitely not the same.\"<br><br><\/p>\n<p>&nbsp;<\/p>\n"
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Warriors

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Programming note: Warriors-Magic coverage starts today at 3pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

The Warriors went 67-15 last year and won the NBA title.

This year, they are 51-5.

But according to former Warriors guard/forward Stephen Jackson, his Golden State teams were better.

"My Warriors team would beat today's Warriors team," Jackson declared on ESPN's show "The Jump" on Thursday afternoon. "I guarantee that. I guarantee that.

[RELATED: Klay's message: Warriors have 'a lot of reasons to celebrate']

"They're great, don't get me wrong. I'm not taking nothing from them. But we would have beat them. We had more heart. We had more heart."

The 2006-07 "We Believe" Warriors went 42-40 in the regular season and made the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

They shocked the No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of the playoffs, before falling to the Utah Jazz in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals.

The 2007-08 Warriors won 48 games but missed the playoffs -- the most wins for a team that didn't reach the playoffs (the 2013-14 Suns won 48 and also missed the postseason).

Jackson was suspended for the first seven games of that season, and the Warriors got off to a 1-6 start.

Jackson was also somewhat critical of Steph Curry.

"I would take nothing from Steph. Steph's a great player. He's a great shooter. He's a great player. But, I always respected the guys that did everything in the game -- play defense, scored, shot 3's, posted up," Jackson explained. "He has a great team defense. I think if you put him one-on-one on some guys, he would get scored on every play."

 

[RELATED: Oscar: Curry great because coaches don't understand basketball?]

The conversation started because of comments made Thursday morning by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson about Curry.

"He shot well because of what's going on in basketball today," Robertson said. "In basketball today, if you can dunk or hit a 3-point shoot, you're the greatest thing since sliced bread ... when I played, if a guy made an outside shot, next time I'm gonna be on top of you.

"I'm gonna pressure you three quarters, half-court defense, but now they don't do that. These coaches do not understand the game of basketball as far as I'm concerned.

"If I got a guy who is great shooting the shot outside, hey, you want to extend your defense out a little bit?"

Last week, Gary Payton tweeted: "I could never play basketball in this soft era. All of my contract money would go toward fines. Lol."

Jackson agrees with Robertson and Payton.

"Guys took more pride in playing defense, and stopping their man," Jackson lamented. "It was more personal. These days, kids making a lot of money, everybody wants to score points. Nobody cares about defending their man, and nobody cares about putting their career and their physical fitness on the line.

"I played in both eras, and I think he's (Payton) right. The game has definitely changed. It's a lot softer. When I was in the game, there were way more hard fouls. It wasn't personal. It was more passion. If you watch the game now, the passion is not the same. It's definitely not the same."