Could the Shaq/Kobe Lakers beat today’s Warriors? Well, that depends…

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Chris Broussard and Mike Wise discuss how rule changes and the evolution of the NBA would affect a hypothetical matchup between two of the greatest teams of all time, the Shaq/Kobe Los Angeles Lakers and today's Golden State Warriors, on In The Zone.

- Let me ask you this. The Shaq-Kobe Lakers against today's Golden State Warriors-- who wins?

- Gosh. If they played with those rules, Shaq-Kobe Lakers. That inside-outside game was so debilitating. Who would guard Shaq?

- Well, there's no way you can Shaq. Yeah

- I mean, yeah, you could say, who would guard Steph? Who would guard-- but this game that Steph has created-- and I really do think-- this launch from the parking lot, you know, I'm open when I leave the womb-- I mean, it's amazing to me. But that wasn't the game then.

- No, it totally wasn't.

- If you played this-- if you played this stop and pop game, I probably like Steph's-- I mean, I really think--

- So you think it's-- I mean, people always say--

- I think it's predicated on--

- --this is really two different games because of the rules.

- Yeah. I think it's predicated on how that game is officiated, how that game is played. If Shaquille O'Neal could emasculate Dikembe Mutombo--

- Yes, he did.

- --like he did in the 2001 NBA finals, how could you possibly stop that? You're looking at-- the weirdest thing I saw last year was-- and this-- I think it was during the NBA finals or the conference finals. Stephen Curry was going down on the court on the left side, and Kevin Durant was ahead of the pack. Chris, he had a layup. He had a layup.

This is basketball 101. You give it to the man with the dunk or a layup. Steph Curry pulled up from three, and Kevin Durant was like, yeah! We got three instead of two! That never happened in our lifetime. It was like the new-- it was like a new world of thinking about basketball. And the fact that that three-pointer from 25 feet away became automatic to Steph Curry in a groove, and that was more important than Kevin Durant scoring a layup underneath, to me, it said, wow, this is a different game we're playing now.

- No, that's true. I mean, I can't tell you how many times I see a Tristan Thompson or a Zaza Pachulia or somebody either get a rebound or a pass, and they're right there under the basket, and they kick it out to somebody for a three-point shot. I'm like, look, I understand you aren't the greatest offensive scorer, but any-- you can lay the ball up. And they kick it out for a three. Yeah, it's a different words. There's no question.

- It's almost like they're going by the sabermetrics of the whole thing. Like, eh, three for two, every time. And if we get a good three-point shooter out there, let's give it to him. And it blows me away every time. Because it messes with my mind. Like, they've legislated the big man out of the game almost. They basically said-- you know, you can imagine, like, a Benoit Benjamin? He wouldn't even get in the G-league now?

- Oh, he would not. He wouldn't. There's no way. You have to be great to be-- and you're right. And a Shaq, though-- see, most of the big men can't punish you enough-- [MUSIC PLAYING]

--where you have to say, you know what? Even though they're only scoring two, it's still too much even though we're getting three. Shaq could do that. And that's the difference.