Dr. J: 1983 Philadelphia 76ers Would Beat Current Warriors
Unlike any other sport, past NBA players just can’t seem to give the new guys any type of credit whatsoever.
Just yesterday, Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson stated that his ‘showtime’ squad would not only defeat today’s Warriors, but sweep them out of the playoffs.
Despite the Warriors being on the cusp of sweeping their way through the playoffs, NBA legend and 76ers hall of famer Julius Erving also believes his 1982-83 squad would have no problem beating Golden State if the two teams were able to play one another.
“When you have a team with the makeup of our team back then, we could play slow, we could play fast,” Erving said on “Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge & LZ” on ESPN LA 710. “Moses (Malone) was such a dominant force. I have visions of him grabbing the rebound a few times and taking it coast to coast.
“You know we had four centers, four guards, and four forwards, so a lot of the parts were interchangeable. We had a guy like Bobby Jones coming off the bench.”
The 1982-83 Sixers had one of the greatest playoff runs ever, posting a 12-1 record to capture the franchise’s third championship. Despite taking a shot at them, Dr. J did acknowledge how insanely talented the Warriors are.
“This is a phenomenal team,” he said. “They can put up points. And they do play team defense. They hustle. They scrap.”