What would happen if the "Showtime" Lakers squared off against the current Warriors?
"We'd blow them out," Magic Johnon said Tuesday morning while appearing on ESPN. "They're too small for us. Too many mismatches. They wouldn't want to see us."
Magic entered the league for the 1979-80 campaign. Over the next 12 seasons, his Lakers reached the NBA Finals nine times, winning the title on five occasions.
Magic captured three NBA Finals MVP awards, and three regular season MVPs.
After his emphatic declaration, he began to praise Steph Curry and his squad.
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"Most times, a team on a fastbreak like our "Showtime" Lakers, we went for the layup," Magic explained. "This team (the Warriors) runs for 3-pointers. It's amazing. And they can do both. They can get layups and they can go hit that 3-pointer right off the bounce, off the dribble...
"Steph Curry, we've never seen a player like that ... then you take Klay, he's probably the best shooter in the NBA, and he's second fiddle to his own teammate."
After Magic also praised Draymond Green, Steve Kerr and the Warriors' bench, he softened his stance.
"They would probably beat us with these rules, we would blow them out with our rules," he declared. "Every time Steph cut to the lane, that elbow would be right in his mouth ... remember you could check back thing ... So they would probably beat us with these rules, we would beat them with our rules."
The Warriors won 67 regular season games last year, and are 46-4 this season.
The most wins for the Lakers during Magic's playing career was 65 in 1986-87.
"I love what they're (the Warriors) doing. Nobody plays better as a team than them," Magic added. "San Antonio is right there. They (the Warriors) love playing with each other. They trust each other. They don't mind getting on each other. They don't take it personal...
"... I don't see anybody betting them four times in a seven-game series."