Draymond Green laughs off Magic Johnson's claim about sweeping Warriors

The "Showtime" Lakers won five titles in the 1980s on the heels of a groundbreaking up-tempo transition attack led by Johnson and an equally potent post-oriented halfcourt offense based around Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The NBA has also made it more hard to play physical defense, another reason teams have gone smaller, and it's likely that the Lakers would have their collective hands full with the Warriors' array of scoring options.

Riley coached Johnson when he was in charge of the Lakers from 1981 to 1990, winning four National Basketball Association titles in that stretch. Nowadays if you can't shoot a 3 youre a liability on the floor.

Green might not think the claim is so amusing when he looks back at what those Lakers teams accomplished, winning five titles and reaching the Finals nine times.

"First off, the game is completely different than it was back then". I just hope soon we can get back to talking about how the Warriors can beat Cleveland. So there was a lot of bitterness that had really built up by the time we played them in "84".

Green, to his credit, stepped forward and took responsibility for that crash by the record-setting 73-win Warriors and vowed not to let it ever happen again.

However, considering they just have one ring to show for it, that's a whole different argument.

He says it's equally a waste of his time to debate best player on the planet today or anything of that sort. But in the same sense, I don't think they were as fast as we are. I talk to them.

But to say your team would sweep them isn't showing the Warriors any respect.

The three-time MVP only averaged 19.5 points per game in his career, but that didn't reflect his impact on the Lakers.

  • Stacy Allen