Rasheed Wallace on 2004 Pistons: "We'd run through" today's NBA teams

Posted at 7:44 PM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-10 00:54:19-04

(WXYZ) -- Add Rasheed Wallace to the list of players who think their teams could beat the present-day Golden State Warriors or any other current NBA team.

During an appearance on the Timeout with Taylor Rooks podcast, Wallace said the 2003-04 Pistons would "run through" today's teams.

"Not even close," said Wallace. "We play defense."

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sarcastically responded to his team's critics on Friday, joking that the older teams "would kill us."

The Pistons allowed 84.3 points per game during the 2003-04 regular season, while the Warriors scored 104.3 points per game during the 2016-17 regular season.

Wallace said he only agreed to "a certain point" with Mike Brown's assessment that the 2016-17 Warriors' defense was reminiscent of the 2003-04 Pistons.

"I think the Warriors’ defensive strategy is, 'I’ma put up more shots than you.' And if you try to match that, then you (in trouble) because they got exceptional shooters. So that’s their whole defensive thing. I don’t call it good defense if the man came down and he shot a jump shot or shot a three and missed it, and the Warriors went back down to the other end and scored it."
Wallace also claimed the things he and the Pistons did in 2003-04 would "never be done again" with the shift in today's NBA.
"Our record of holding seven teams under 70 points will never be done again."