Steph Curry knows Baron Davis' mindset, and, of course, has great respect for the former Warriors guard.
But Curry also was the focal point of the greatest collection of talent in NBA history. He was the gravitational pull of which the NBA's great behemoth revolved around.
So when he heard that Davis told Dorrell Wright on the Dubs Talk Podcast that he believed the "We Believe" Warriors would take the 2016-17 Warriors to seven games in a series, Curry had to give Davis a little jab.
"I expect nothing less from BD," Curry said after the Warriors' win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday. "BD was nice. Don't get me wrong. BD was nice. But he probably wouldn't be a good GM if he thinks that."
Davis believed the "We Believe" Warriors' gritty style would help them push the Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors to the limit in said hypothetical matchup.
"It's going to go seven games," Davis told Wright. "They got some firepower. We ain't gonna fold, though. The thing is, we're not going to try and punk them, you know what I mean? We're just going to play them hard. We're not going to bully them, but it's not gonna be like, y'all are about to blow us out. Everything is going to be mano-a-mano, a confrontation, and hold your man."
The "We Believe" Warriors were led by Davis, Al Harrington, Monta Ellis, Steven Jackson and Jason Richardson. They had more size than the Curry-Durant goliath, which Davis believes would help them.
"I think we were more athletic, scrappier and we could actually match up with them," Davis said. "Like I said they had a great team defense. So we would have some issues figuring out where the mismatches were, but we were more pick-and-roll and iso-oriented. I like Al Harrington with Draymond Green one-on-one. I like myself posting up anybody on that team. We can post too. It would be interesting. It would be a hell of a series."
Of course, the issue Davis and the "We Believe" Warriors face would be the shooting prowess of the 2016-17 Warriors. Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Co. had the ability to flip the switch for seven minutes, turn a five-point deficit into a 20-point lead and then go back to coasting, having ethered their opponent without hardly breaking a sweat.
The hypothetical matchup would be a fun one for Warriors fans, but Curry isn't sure it would be as long of a series as Davis believes.