Mychal Thompson, Klay's father, agreed with his son's assessment, saying in an ESPN LA interview:
"I admit this. We would shoot. And we shot 8 threes a game. They make 8 threes a quarter. Golden State would outscore us 50 to 15 on threes. So how are we supposed to win? So I agree with Klay, I think they would beat us. We couldn’t keep up with them offensively because of the way they can score so quickly.”
However one person who disagreed with the Thompsons's predicted outcome of the hypothetical match that can never exist was the face of those Lakers squads, Magic Johnson. Via his Twitter account he said:
Still waiting on that time machine.
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Until somebody builds a time machine for the sole purpose of pitting NBA teams from different eras against one another, we're always going to be dependent upon subjective rankings to try and decide which NBA players and teams are the best ever. Questions like "Michael Jordan or LeBron James?" and "1996 Bulls or 2016 Warriors?" are impossible to answer definitively, but that won't stop NBA fans from trying to answer them. These heated arguments will continue to be debated for years to come. At least until someone finally gets around to inventing that time machine we just mentioned.
On Sunday night, shortly after they helped the Warriors thrash the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals, a pair of Golden State stars got involved in one of these theoretical debates when they were asked a question about where they think their team stands in comparison to other legendary NBA teams. A reporter directed a question at Draymond Green about the Warriors' defensive effort against the Cavs in Game 2 and whether he believes it "solidifies you guys as one of the best teams of all time." He stopped short of agreeing with the reporter. "I think it's all subjective," he said. "To say we're better than the Showtime Lakers, how can you say that? We never played them."
Klay Thompson was much more direct. Although the reporter didn't ask him the question that he directed at Green, Thompson was happy to chime in, and he jokingly said, "We're better than the Showtime Lakers."
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The reason all of the reporters in attendance at the press conference cracked up is because Thompson's father Mychal—who admitted to watching WWE Raw last Monday night instead of Game 7 of the Golden State/Oklahoma City series—was a member of those Showtime teams. So his comment will give Klay and his dad dad something to argue about at the dinner table with the same ferocity of people on the internet who have too much time on their hands.
Mychal hasn't responded to what his son said just yet. But he has his own ESPN Radio show, so we're sure a response is coming soon.