Curry, Durant, Golden State benefit from today’s technology

It looks like my first point-counterpoint has me as a pretty big underdog.

As ESPN’s documentary “The Last Dance” continues to chronicle Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls dynasty for both fans who enjoyed watching the original run and people just being introduced to it now, the Bulls’ legacy grows.

There’s no doubt what Jordan’s Chicago Bulls accomplished is impressive, and you can never take away the 6-0 record in NBA Finals.

But for years now, NFL teams have been trying to match the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team to make it through a season undefeated. You can never take that away from that team, but how would they do against a team in today’s NFL with how polished athletes are thanks to modern technology and what we know about health and medicine?

I won’t disrespect that team and say they would lose to the worst NFL teams from 2019, but I have a hard time believing the 1972 Dolphins would beat this year’s Super Bowl champion, the Kansas City Chiefs, even though the Chiefs won’t be remembered as an all-time great team.

We had to change sports to get to my point, but I feel that example works best when trying to explain why the recent Golden State Warriors dynasty could beat Jordan’s Bulls in a seven-game series if the series was played with both teams in their prime but with today’s NBA rules.

The NBA, like the NFL, has changed a lot over the years. And the Warriors have had a lot to do with it.

When Stephen Curry came into the league, he struggled so much that Golden State had a serious decision to make on whether it should trade Curry or Monta Ellis as the Warriors moved away from having two small guards on the same team.

But rules began to change. Hand checks weren’t allowed, and if a team played defense on Curry the way the Pistons did to Jordan, half of Detroit’s squad would be suspended.

Today’s game is also often decided from beyond the 3-point line. The 1998 Chicago Bulls championship team made 311 treys. Curry made 402 by himself in the 2015-16 season in which Golden State won 73 regular season games, breaking Chicago’s record.

There’s certainly an argument to be made that Dennis Rodman would be much more of a force inside than Draymond Green, but let’s be honest. If this series was played recently, these players would have been ejected from the first game within five minutes and suspended the rest of the series.

I haven’t even mentioned Kevin Durant yet. There would be no one on the Bulls that could stop his ball-handling skills mixed with his size and shooting ability. He may not be able to get to the rim as well as Jordan, but his pull-up jump shot is likely even more accurate.

Scottie Pippen and Klay Thompson are both great two-way players, and even if you want to give Pippen the edge, it’s not enough of an advantage to swing this series either way.

And for what it’s worth, if anyone could provide insight into what might be able to slow down Jordan and expose his secrets, it’s Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was on that Bulls team.

Michael Boytim can be reached at mboytim@altoonamirror.com. Follow him on Twitter @BoytimMichael.


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