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NBA Finals: Warriors laugh off retired players’ chatter

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr talks to

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr talks to the media on the day before Game 4 of the NBA Finals  at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on June 8, 2017. Credit: EPA / Larry W. Smith

CLEVELAND — The Warriors are not getting caught up in all the retired players who have said their team could beat this Golden State team. Let them talk, the Warriors say.

“It’s just kind of comedy for me,” Steph Curry said after the Warriors’ shootaround Friday morning.

“They’re all right. They would all kill us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said sarcastically. “The game gets worse as time goes on. The players are less talented than they used to be. The guys in the ’50s would have destroyed everybody. It’s weird how human evolution sort of goes in reverse in sports. Players get weaker, small and less skilled. I can’t explain it.”

The Warriors have a chance to make history Friday night in Game 4. If they sweep the Cavaliers, Golden State would become the first team in NBA history to go undefeated in the playoffs, a perfect 16-0.

That’s what the Warriors are focused on, not whether they could beat a team from years ago. The players are more skilled and athletic, the rules are different, the pace of the game is faster. But it makes for good bar talk and debates on TV and radio.

“The hypothetical game is never one I’ve played and I don’t want to be in that situation where you have to argue that,” Curry said. “You can obviously have those barbershop-type debates of who’s better, who’s what, ranking the all-time greats and teams and things like that which is fine in certain settings. But at the end of the day you can’t discredit what certain teams do based on trying to compare them to a team that’s past because you really can’t.

“You’re not going to suit up and play. You’re not going to simulate that situation, whatever. So I respect every great team that’s come before us, every great player that’s come before us. I hope to be 20 years down the line when the next great team comes up to hopefully give them praise too.”


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