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We always love to compare players and teams from different eras because it makes for interesting debates and conversations, especially when you are talking about the cream of the crop. Usually, it’s the MJ-LeBron debate, but when discussing the best teams in history, two squads almost unanimously get mentioned: the 1996 Chicago Bulls and the 2017 Golden State Warriors.
Which team was better? Stephen Curry believes in his team.
Clash of Styles
What more can be said about the '90s Bulls? By many, the most prominent dynasty in NBA history — led by arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan — won six championships in that decade. They may have reached their peak in 1996, when they achieved a 72-10 record, along with a ring.
On the other hand, you have the modern-day Golden State Warriors, who have won three championships so far while still contending to this day with the same core. Obviously, they are led by Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but they had Kevin Durant on their squad from the 2016-17 season through 2018-2019, presenting an unstoppable machine. So it’s only natural to ask which is the better team of these two juggernauts.
Curry picks the Warriors
In a mailbag video for GQ Sports, Curry answered some interesting questions and touched on the topic of these two historic teams going at it. When asked if the 2017 Warriors could beat the 1996 Bulls in a seven-game Finals series, Steph had no doubt:
“Absolutely. Obviously, we’ll never know, but you put us on paper with them... I like our chances. I’d say Dubs in six too," Curry said on GQ Sports' YouTube channel.
That would be a fun matchup that could easily go both ways. You can say it’s a total contrast of styles; the Bulls being much more rugged on the defensive end while trying to get to the rim and operate in the mid-range, versus a Warriors squad playing a modern style of basketball revolved around three-point shooting. How the game would be officiated would also impact the result, but I think a lot of fans would still take the Bulls.
You can’t say for sure, but most old-school fans would still take the Bulls, while a lot of younger fans would go with the Warriors. It’s a matter of preference, and you really can’t go wrong either way. It’s only natural that Curry believes in himself and his team. It’s a shame that this is a matchup we can only see happening on NBA 2K. Well, at least it is still fun to talk about it.
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