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Shaquille O'Neal claims Draymond Green, Warriors wouldn't contend in his era

Shaquille O'Neal claims Draymond Green, Warriors wouldn't contend in his era

Draymond Green spoke the truth when he said the Warriors would have "destroyed" Shaquille O'Neal in the pick-and-roll during an appearance on "All The Smoke." But the Big Diesel didn't want to hear it.

In fairness to Green, he did say O'Neal would have owned him down on the block. But O'Neal heard the slander and had to answer.

The four-time NBA champion hit back at Green on a recent episode of "The Big Podcast with Shaq," claiming Green's Warriors, who won 73 games in 2016 and went to five straight NBA Finals, wouldn't be able to contend in the era he played in.

"I like Draymond. I like guys that voice their opinion," O'Neal said. "I try not to get personal with guys. I like him, I like the way he plays. You have to listen to his points. He made good, key points. He said in their era. He didn't say in my era ... In my era, [the Warriors] would have been the six or seven seed. You had us, you had San Antonio, you had the Utah Jazz, you had Portland, you had White Chocolate and C-Webb [in Sacramento].

"But again, it's his opinion. I try not to get personal with people's opinions. But however, Mr. Draymond, like you said, I would've torn your a-- up on that block."

O'Neal's comments are similar to ones he made to SiriusXM Radio when he claimed he wouldn't have had to worry about the Dubs when he was chasing his titles.

"They wouldn't even had been a factor."

With all due respect to O'Neal and the old bulls of NBA yesteryear ... stop it.

A Warriors team with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Green would have trampled the likes of the Jazz, Blazers, Lakers and Rockets in the 90s.

Let's take the Jazz of late 90s fame for example. While they boasted two of the top 50 players of all time in John Stockton and Kar Malone, they lacked the scoring power and athleticism to contend with the offensive genius the Warriors would bring to the table. Honestly, the thought of Jeff Hornacek or Bryon Russell guarding Durant and Klay, with Stockton -- as good of a defender as he was -- tasked with stopping Curry is pretty laughable.

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O'Neal is undoubtedly a top-10 player of all time and one of the most singularly dominant players in league history. But his view of the past clearly is jaded.

Even O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's three-peat Lakers would have struggled to contain the Warriors. The game is just a different beast than it was 20 years ago.

Both players got one thing right: Shaq would have steamrolled Green on the block.

Warriors fans might take coronavirus tests upon entering Chase Center

Warriors fans might take coronavirus tests upon entering Chase Center

Joe Lacob doesn't sound concerned at all about revamping the roster this October to put the Warriors in position to contend for the title next season.

In fact, it seems like Golden State's owner and CEO is more focused on another key area.

"Our biggest challenge is going to be the virus and getting fans back in the stands," Lacob told Larry Beil this week on ABC7's "With Authority" podcast. "That's what we are built to do -- have a great audience and entertain our fans, as well as win a championship. So we really want to do that.

"We're working really hard in that regard, to try to figure out a way that we can resume play with fans."

Lacob uniquely is positioned to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, as he earned a master's in epidemiology from UCLA. He never thought that degree would be put to use in his professional life.

But now, it has great importance. And Lacob is at the forefront of the NBA's quest to get fans in arenas for games as soon as possible.

"I've worked with the league extensively on the testing strategies with respect to what's going on in the bubble," he told Beil. "And we're actually doing the same thing in terms of trying to lead the way (for) how we're going to maybe test fans as an example -- if need be -- when we resume play."

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

So yes -- if you want to attend a Dubs game at Chase Center next season, it's possible that you will get tested for COVID-19 -- and get an immediate result -- before you are permitted to enter the building.

Then again, this probably only becomes a possibility if the city of San Francisco and public health experts give the Warriors clearance to allow fans through the doors. Additionally, it's possible the NBA returns to some form of a bubble format and avoids games in local markets altogether.

Myriad options remain on the table, and there is no timetable for when the league's plan will be finalized.

[RELATED: Report: Dubs might get clearance for team practices at Chase]

But regardless of the logistics, Lacob expects the Warriors to win a lot of games no matter where they are played.

"It really does look like things are lining up for us to be a very good team next year," he said. "It's hard to say (when) you're the worst team in the league that you're gonna be a contender for the title -- but I do think we will be."

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NBA rumors: Warriors might get clearance for Chase Center team practices

NBA rumors: Warriors might get clearance for Chase Center team practices

So it turns out the Warriors might be allowed to get together this offseason after all.

The NBA and NBPA are negotiating the particulars that would permit the eight teams not included in the Orlando bubble to hold organized team workouts, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also provided some details.

These reports indicate the league and union have abandoned plans either for a second bubble in Chicago, or for the eight teams to enter the bubble in Orlando once playoff teams start getting eliminated.

[RUNNIN' PLAYS PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

It's very safe to assume this latest piece of news makes Steve Kerr, Draymond Green and many others in the organization very happy. Golden State's coach made it very clear in early June that he prefers getting his team together for practices at Chase Center.

[RELATED: Warriors high on Smailagic's future despite 'bummer' season]

As for Draymond -- unless Kerr's mindset has changed, the expectation is that he will be a full participant should the NBA and NBPA strike a deal. The same goes for Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

"I would not consider this voluntary," Kerr told the media over two months ago. "Given that we would be staring at a nine-month break, I would be shocked if any one of those three guys said to me, 'No, I don't want the work.'

"They all know they need the work and we all need the work. So they'll be there."

Stay tuned.

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