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View Poll Results: 97-98 vs 17-18?
97-98 6 100.00%
17-18 0 0%
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Thereís absolutely nothing 2018 can do to contain Shaq. I donít think Duncan would really punish Durant. He wasnít that kind of player, and if he didnít dominate Dirk, heís not going to eat KDís lunch.

1998 would probably win 150-140 with Shaq as the unanimous MVP.
True....Duncan's game was weird like that. He didn't really dominate. It was more steady and consistent. I still think his length, combined with Shaq and Malone's size would cause problems. Lebron wouldn't be able to just duck his head and drive to the lane like he does now. Back in the 90s every team had a legit, big 7 footer and muscular PFs. Now there are hardly any 7 footers and the few there are, are stick figures. All the big men are 6'9-6'10 hybrid players. That's why Lebron always ducks his head and runs over people, and creates a clear path to the lane whenever he wants. The path to the lane wouldn't have been nearly that easy with Shaq, Robinson, Olajuwon, Mutombo, Mourning, Kemp, Malone, Oakley, Kevin Willis, etc.
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:40 PM
 
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The 97-98 team without a doubt. MJ is still the best player ever in my book, but in this matchup he could just take a break and let the 97-98 big men completely dominate. It's like grown men playing against little kids.

With Shaq and Duncan cleaning the boards, MJ can head downcourt for the outlet pass and highlight reel dunk.
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Old 06-26-2018, 08:47 AM
 
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True....Duncan's game was weird like that. He didn't really dominate. It was more steady and consistent. I still think his length, combined with Shaq and Malone's size would cause problems. Lebron wouldn't be able to just duck his head and drive to the lane like he does now. Back in the 90s every team had a legit, big 7 footer and muscular PFs. Now there are hardly any 7 footers and the few there are, are stick figures. All the big men are 6'9-6'10 hybrid players. That's why Lebron always ducks his head and runs over people, and creates a clear path to the lane whenever he wants. The path to the lane wouldn't have been nearly that easy with Shaq, Robinson, Olajuwon, Mutombo, Mourning, Kemp, Malone, Oakley, Kevin Willis, etc.
Based on these lineups, we have to assume Malone is playing the three. Lebron has the size and strength to guard Malone, but Malone doesnít have the lateral quickness to guard Lebron. Itís not as if Shaq and Duncan can just camp out under the basket to play help defense because both of their defensive assignments are excellent jump-shooters. LeBron would absolutely feast.
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Lebron has the size and strength to guard Malone, but Malone doesn’t have the lateral quickness to guard Lebron.
I don't think Lebron has the strength to guard Malone. He could barely keep up with David West down low. Malone was one of the most savage bangers in the history of the NBA. If West is too physical for him in the post, how on Earth would he stop Malone who was known for knocking people out of games? Malone put the "power" in power forward.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QddIOlK3FDM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lJDS013BXw

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Old 06-26-2018, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Lebron strong enough to stop Malone. That's funny. There's a reason why Malone is the second leading scorer of all time.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv6vD1iKOU4
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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I don't think Lebron has the strength to guard Malone. He could barely keep up with David West down low. Malone was one of the most savage bangers in the history of the NBA. If West is too physical for him in the post, how on Earth would he stop Malone who was known for knocking people out of games? Malone put the "power" in power forward.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QddIOlK3FDM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lJDS013BXw
You say that as if David West isn’t one of the strongest players in the league, and basically the exact same size as Malone. LeBron would guard Malone as well as anyone not named Dennis Rodman, and Malone would have zero chance of saying in front of LeBron James.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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You say that as if David West isn’t one of the strongest players in the league, and basically the exact same size as Malone. LeBron would guard Malone as well as anyone not named Dennis Rodman, and Malone would have zero chance of saying in front of LeBron James.
I mention David West because he's not nearly the player Malone was and yet Lebron could not contain him down low. Even defensive greats like David Robinson and Dennis Rodman struggled with Malone on the block. Malone was an absolute tank and he'd eat Lebron for lunch.

Lebron is a small forward who is very strong for his position. Malone was a power forward who was VERY strong for his position and might be the strongest ever at the position. He's STILL power lifting well into his 50s. He's much stronger than Lebron and it's not even close. Just Google "Who's stronger, Lebron or Malone" and read what others have to say on the topic.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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Some of these people must just be too young to realize how good Malone was. He was on NBA first teams for what 10+ years in the late 80s to 90s.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:47 PM
 
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I mention David West because he's not nearly the player Malone was and yet Lebron could not contain him down low. Even defensive greats like David Robinson and Dennis Rodman struggled with Malone on the block. Malone was an absolute tank and he'd eat Lebron for lunch.

Lebron is a small forward who is very strong for his position. Malone was a power forward who was VERY strong for his position and might be the strongest ever at the position. He's STILL power lifting well into his 50s. He's much stronger than Lebron and it's not even close. Just Google "Who's stronger, Lebron or Malone" and read what others have to say on the topic.
Lebron\Malone is just a bad match up both directions.

Yes, the idea that Lebron is going to be able to effectively stop Malone in the post is a joke.

Malone put up HUGE numbers even with Rodman on him and getting doubled....and Rodman didn't even have to carry any offensive load at the other end.

Regardless, this is a less lopsided match-up than the others.
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:52 PM
 
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The 98 team has the overall GOAT, the most unguardable force ever (Shaq), and the GOAT PF in Duncan. Malone ain’t shabby himself as the 2nd leading scorer all time. If the guy from the Pelicans gave Lillard problems, he’s going to be in a world of hurt when the glove is thrown at him.

Anthony Davis is slim...Shaq would rattle his teeth on every possession.
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