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Kerr, Curry fire back at the former players who keep diminishing Warriors

Kerr, Curry fire back at the former players who keep diminishing Warriors

Over the last three seasons, people from all over the basketball world have criticized the Warriors and tried to diminish their success.

"They're all right. They would all kill us," a sarcastic Steve Kerr told reporters on Friday after shootaround. "The game gets worse as time goes on. Players are less talented than they used to be. The guys in the 50s would have destroyed everybody...

"It's weird how human evolution sort of like goes in reverse in sports. Players get weaker, smaller, less skilled. I can't explain it."

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When the Warriors won 67 regular season games and the championship in 2015, many called the Warriors "lucky."

Last year, when the Warriors broke the Bulls' record and won 73 games, Scottie Pippen claimed that the 1995-96 Bulls would sweep the Warriors.

Horace Grant said that any of the Bulls' six title teams would sweep Golden State.

Even former Warrior Stephen Jackson guaranteed that the "We Believe Warriors' would beat the 2015-16 Warriors.

Steph Curry became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history, but according to Oscar Robertson, his success was a result of coaches not understanding basketball.

Earlier this week, Magic Johnson said that the "Showtime Lakers" would probably sweep this year's Warriors.

"Kind of comedy for me because the hypothetical game is never one I've played and I don't want to be in that situation where you're having to argue that," Curry told reporters on Friday. "You can obviously have those barber shop type debates, ranking all-time greats and teams and things like that -- which is fun in certain settings -- but at the end of the day, you can't discredit what a certain team is doing based on trying to compare them to a team in the past because you really can't.

"You're not gonna suit up and play; there's no way to simulate that situation ... I respect every great team that's come before us, every great player that's come before us. I hope to be 20 years down the line, when the next great team comes up, to hopefully give them praise, too."

If the Warriors beat the Cavs on Friday night, they will become the first team to ever go 16-0 in the playoffs.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract

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NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract

Michael Beasley found himself a new basketball home on Friday.

The Lakers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Beasley, league sources told multiple national reporters.

In 74 games with the Knicks last season, Beasley averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

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Beasley -- the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft -- will be playing for his seventh NBA team.

The 29-year old also played for two different teams in China.

Beasley was teammates with LeBron James in Miami during the 2013-14 season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Earlier this week, Jonas Jerebko was introduced to Bay Area media members.

He talked about his expectations for next season and his role with the Warriors.

On Friday morning, he was a guest on 95.7 The Game and told Warriors fans they should have a pretty high bar for the "Swedish Larry Bird."

"I've been 10 years in the league and I feel like I'm getting better every year. I feel like I haven't played my best basketball yet," Jerebko declared. "The most minutes I did play was my rookie year."

Jerebko -- the 39th pick in the 2009 draft -- averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds as a rookie in Detroit.

He missed the entire 2010-11 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, but bounced back in 2011-12 to the tune of 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

The 31-year old played a couple more seasons in Detroit and was then traded to Boston in February 2015.

He re-signed with the Celtics in July 2015 and averaged 15.1 minutes and 15.8 minutes per contest in his two seasons under Brad Stevens.

In Utah last year, Jerebko registered 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes, and shot over 41 percent from 3-point territory.

"I got a lot more to give and I'm a lot better player than people think I am sometimes," Jerebko said. "I'm ready to show that."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller