Stephen Curry woke up and chose violence.
The three-time NBA Champion sat down for an episode of GQ’s “Actually Me,” where he answered a slew of questions over varying social media channels. When asked via a comment on Instagram whether or not his Warriors dynasty with Kevin Durant could topple the greatest team in NBA history, he didn’t hesitate to answer:
Comment: “I gotta ask, fully healthy, do you believe the Warriors with KD could have beaten the 96 Bulls in a seven-game Finals?”
Curry’s Response: “Absolutely. Obviously, we will never know, but you put us on paper with them, I like our chances. I say Dubs in six, too.”
We all remember when this hypothetical dominated the basketball universe during the Warriors back-to-back Finals victories with current-NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant. There is no question the Warriors were a historically good team, losing just one game to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016-17 Finals before sweeping them in the 2017-18 Finals. Many believed they would have gone on to complete the three-peat without serious injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, which helped lead to the Toronto Raptors’ first NBA crown at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Still, even if the Warriors did manage to take down Kawhi Leonard, we wouldn’t sit here and confidently say they could beat the 1996 Bulls … especially in six games.
I’m not going to humor this argument for too long, mainly because we are dealing with two substantially different eras of NBA basketball. The game has changed immensely, making these types of discussions much harder to have. With that said, thinking about this as simplistically as possible, I’m taking the best player of all time … well … all the time. As good as Durant, Green, and Iggy are on the defensive end, no one is stopping what Jordan brings to the table. Flip things around, and a defensive duo of Jordan and Pippen, as well as an aggressive Rodman on the glass, has me believing Chicago would possess the versatility, athleticism, and physicality to beat up on this small-ball Warriors team.
Anyway, am I shocked Curry gave the answer he did? Absolutely not. Not only is he as confident as they come, but he knows this is a question that can never be answered. Unless … Jordan takes it personally.
Watch Curry’s bold (and wrong) comment below: