The Golden State Warriors and their so-called small lineup of death dominate the NBA today, but the defending champions’ sustained excellence has failed to impress a bunch of old-timers.
Charles Barkley continues to insist that this Dubs squad would’ve gotten crushed when the League was perceived to be a lot more physical.
According to Sir Charles, the 25-1 Warriors may threaten the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ all-time mark of 72 regular season wins, but they couldn’t compete against Michael Jordan and company.
“That Bulls team would kill this little team,” Barkley said of the Warriors. “Come on, man. Who is going to guard Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan? What about Dennis Rodman?”
The Warriors improved to 25-1 on Wednesday night with a rout of the Suns, led by Klay Thompson’s season-best 43 points and Stephen Curry’s 25. Golden State was coming off its first loss, to Milwaukee on Saturday night, after an NBA-record 24-0 start. […] “I still like the (San Antonio) Spurs to win the championship this year,” said Barkley, a Naismith Hall of Famer and Turner Sports analyst. “Just because these guys are beating up on inferior competition, don’t overreact now.”
“Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman — let me just start with those three,” Barkley said. “First of all they would love playing the way the Warriors play. It’s a much easier game now. Could you imagine how many points Michael would average if you couldn’t touch him? Dennis would get so many rebounds against that team. They are a very small team.” […] Barkley has previously said Curry and the Warriors were “carrying the NBA” during an otherwise down season for the league.