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Steph Curry says Warriors would beat Shaq's Lakers that had three-peat

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Steph Curry says Warriors would beat Shaq's Lakers that had three-peat

Since the Warriors started their dynastic run, everyone wants to compare teams from different eras in the NBA. The latest to do so is none other than Shaquille O'Neal. 

Shaq believes his Lakers team that won three straight championships from 2000 to 2002 would dominate these Warriors that have won three out of the last four titles. 

"I think we'd easily win," Shaq told USA TODAY Sports. "Other people might feel different, they (the Warriors) might feel different. But we had one of the best teams of all time in 2001 when we went 15-1 in the playoffs.

"We would've gone 16-0 but A.I. (Allen Iverson) went off on us and stepped over Ty Lue." 

What say you, Steph Curry? 

"Oh, he's dead wrong," Curry told ESPN with a smile before the Warriors took on the Raptors on Wednesday night. "Of course. We'd beat them. We can go back-and-forth all day."

The timing couldn't have been worse. Later Wednesday night, the Warriors were dominated in a 20-point loss to the Raptors where Curry only scored 10 points. 

As someone who grew up with a father in the NBA, Curry is a fan of NBA history. He also knows how ridiculous it is to constantly compare teams from such different times. 

"For me, I think it's a tough conversation because I've always found it hard to compare eras to each other," Curry said. "But in terms of having three banners up there and create parallels and comparisons to how they dominated the league through their run to what we're doing now, I think that speaks a lot on its own. Just in terms of us accomplishing the goal and fulfilling the potential that we have."

The Warriors are trying to do what hasn't been done since Shaq's Lakers from the early 2000s: three-peat. While their talent is on par with anyone's, the feat has only been done five times in NBA history for a reason.

Why Monta Ellis' Warriors game-winner vs. Nets is proudest NBA moment

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Why Monta Ellis' Warriors game-winner vs. Nets is proudest NBA moment

The 2006-07 NBA season was a special one for Monta Ellis.

He won the league's Most Improved Player award, playing a pivotal role for the "We Believe" Warriors. Golden State won its first playoff series in over a decade, upsetting the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks as a No. 8 seed.

Those Warriors hold a special place in the team's history, and the award was the only one Ellis won in his decade-plus as an NBA cult hero. Ellis told SLAM Magazine he holds another memory near and dear to his heart: A game-winning shot against the then-New Jersey Nets.

Ellis' wide-open 3-pointer sealed the Warriors' 111-109 win over Jason Kidd and the Nets on Jan. 24, 2007, giving him a signature moment and Golden State a much-needed victory in its push to the playoffs.

"The game was tight," Ellis said. "I forgot who shot that ball in the corner, I think it was Vince Carter, and we ended up getting the rebound. Baron got the rebound and we thought Don Nelson was going to call a timeout, but he didn’t. So Baron pushed the ball and I ran the wing and it was, like, a 3-on-2. But he was more to the left side and J-Kidd had to [make the stop], so he had to play between me and Baron.

"He decided to stop Baron and Baron kicked me the ball, and I ended up shooting it and hitting the game-winner. That was the year that I won Most Improved. I would have to say that one right there."

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The Warriors finished 42-40 that season, while the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers ended the campaign with a 40-42 record. An Ellis miss combined with another loss along the way, and the "We Believe" Warriors would've never been.

You can probably say the same of any of Golden State's other close calls that year, but none will carry as much meaning to Ellis as his game-winner.

Steph Curry says Riley called him a 'three-star' substitute teacher

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Steph Curry says Riley called him a 'three-star' substitute teacher

Steph Curry was the NBA’s first unanimous MVP, but his daughter thinks he’s right around replacement level in the classroom.

The Warriors star told former teammate JaVale McGee in an Instagram Live on the NBA’s account Friday that he is serving as a de facto teacher’s assistant for his daughter Riley’s second-grade class. After her class -- held over Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down schools -- is over, the elder Curry said he gives Riley her assignments.

He hasn’t reached her usual standards.

“She told my mom today, she said I’m a three-star teacher,” Curry told McGee. “I said, ‘Dang. That’s cold. That’s so cold-blooded. I am invested into your future, young lady. This is how you repay me?’ It’s crazy.”

Curry probably hasn’t been doubted this much since high school, when he committed to Davidson College after receiving next to no other Division I scholarship offers. He has ridden a rocket ship ever since, leading his Wildcats on a Cinderella run in March Madness, getting selected No. 7 overall in the 2009 draft, winning three NBA championships and emerging as a global superstar in the meantime.

[RELATED: Tracing birth of Dubs' dynasty back to Game 1 of '15 Finals]

The 32-year-old's accolades haven’t translated to his daughter’s studies, apparently, so Curry will just have to win over another critic.

One in his own household might prove tougher to silence than any other along the way, though.