NBA: Shaquille O’Neal says his LA Lakers could beat Golden State Warriors easily

Shaquille O’Neal compares his Los Angeles Lakers teams — 1996-2004 — to two-time defending champion, Golden State Warriors.

Shaquille O'Neal...“We had one of the best teams of all time in 2001.”   -  AP

Shaquille O'Neal thinks his Los Angeles Lakers teams could beat the Golden State Warriors.

The Hall of Fame center won three titles with Los Angeles from 1996-04. He compared those squads to two-time defending champion the Warriors in an interview with USA Today on Wednesday.

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"I think we'd easily win," O'Neal said. "Other people might feel different, they [the Warriors] might feel different. But we had one of the best teams of all time in 2001 when we went 15-1 in the playoffs. We would've gone 16-0 but A. I. [Hall of Famer Allen Iverson] went off on us."

Mighty team

That 2000-01 Lakers team registered a 56-26 record. It swept through the first three rounds of the playoffs before topping Iverson's 76ers in five games.

Los Angeles captured three straight championships from 1999-02. It registered a combined 181-65 regular-season record during that time frame. Warriors has taken home three of the last four titles and leads the Western Conference with a 19-9 record.

O'Neal finished his 19-year career averaging 23.7 points and 10.9 rebounds. He made 15 All-Star teams and won a fourth championship with the Heat in 2005-06.