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Rasheed Wallace: 04 Pistons would 'run through' Warriors and today's NBA

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During a podcast with Taylor Rooks, Rasheed Wallace, member of the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons championship squad was asked if the Golden State Warriors are the best team in NBA history?

The former All-Star claimed that against today’s teams, his defensive-minded, championship Pistons would “run through them” – the Warriors presumably included – because “the things that we (did) in Detroit will never be done again on defense.”

"Oh, we'd run through them. Not even close. "We play defense."

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