Does DeMarcus Cousins give the Warriors the greatest starting five ever? | First Take

  • Published on Jan 18, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate if the Golden State Warriors will have the greatest starting five ever when DeMarcus Cousins returns from his injury.
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  • Player One
    Player One 3 months ago

    Shit even the heat when they had d wade lebron and Chris bosh them boys were magical

  • Erwin B
    Erwin B 4 months ago

    Definitely a scary line up for a team that have:
    1) 2 of the Best Shooters in Basketball History - Curry & Thompson
    2) The best offensive player in the NBA today - Durant
    3) The most dominant Big Man in the NBA today - Cousins
    4) The best role player in the NBA today - Green

  • Perkson Cruz
    Perkson Cruz 4 months ago

    Stephen A Smith is stuck in the 90's,he is so ignorant.for fucks sake Stephen Smith move on from your time and start focusing on the new era of nba

  • Antonio Gomez
    Antonio Gomez 4 months ago

    Ron Harper, Michael Jordan, Scottie pippen, Tony kukoc and Dennis Rodman

  • Tavares Moody
    Tavares Moody 4 months ago

    Best Starting 5 ever

  • Midi
    Midi 4 months ago

    Almost everyone looks at the past with rose colored glasses and minimizes the greatness right before our eyes.

  • Nick Last
    Nick Last 4 months ago

    What it is is very sad of your a true NBA fan you should be enraged that this is what the NBA has become. What is there to look forward to for any other team honestly. It's sad that these players are taking cuts and doing this. It's sad they are proud of themselves for what they are doing. It's A FREAKING JOKE. I can only look forward to my team hopefully winning the east and that's it.

  • Gee Dan
    Gee Dan 4 months ago

    They changed the rules for a reason and players today are more talented

  • Humble Beast
    Humble Beast 4 months ago


  • Lance Naquin
    Lance Naquin 4 months ago

    Y’all stupid af it’s honestly not even close the warrior last year with no boogie was better than the bulls teams

  • Deric Tan
    Deric Tan 4 months ago

    SAS qucikly assuming all current players are soft. These guys are mostly muscular athletes, the only reason they play "soft" is because they'll get fined if they do anything. I'm pretty sure these current guys can play more dirty if the rules allowed them to.
    I mean how the f are they gonna bully someone as big as LeBron unless they're going for MMA

  • Deric Tan
    Deric Tan 4 months ago

    SAS qucikly assuming all current players are soft. These guys are mostly muscular athletes, the only reason they play "soft" is because they'll get fined if they do anything. I'm pretty sure these current guys can play more dirty if the rules allowed them to.
    I mean how the f are they gonna bully someone as big as LeBron unless they're going for MMA

  • Timmy Tom
    Timmy Tom 4 months ago

    Of course, all of them are in their prime and if any other starting line up played against them in today's NBA, they'd get smoked.

  • Emmet Mclaughlin
    Emmet Mclaughlin 4 months ago

    Yea this warriors team is only comparable to russels celtics, they made 4 straight finals, best regular season record ever then they add the second best player in the world, its not fun as a fan but it is a great team. But man do I hate kevin durant, joined his enemys to beat his friends, joining the team that you chocked a 3-1 lead against doesnt give you a legacy

  • Break the Mold
    Break the Mold 4 months ago

    Max shut that boy up pleeeaaaase

  • Saitama
    Saitama 4 months ago

    Sometimes i think max is only there to give SAS a reason to argument lol

  • thatisokay
    thatisokay 4 months ago

    Jordan could only win a championship when he had a greatest starting 5 lineup.

  • Daniel Serrato
    Daniel Serrato 4 months ago

    Just old heads being old heads

  • joshua Garcia
    joshua Garcia 4 months ago

    The problem with old they always praising the old greats beacuse they grew up to it they dont want to accept the fact that their heroes have been dethroned

  • geepeeone
    geepeeone 4 months ago

    Tautological nature of Darwinism is one of the criticism of evolution back then. Those that survive are the fittest vis-a-vis those that are fit survive. The flaw supposedly is that the theory cannot make predictions because it doesn't lend itself to testing for fitness outside of survival success.
    Max is saying that best ever starting 5 doesn't have to be tautologically hinged on team success; it can be based on individual stats like Warriors' Curry, Thompson, Green, Durant, and Cousins.
    Either which way though, it'll still be the Warriors (best starting 5 in terms of individual stats from top to bottom of each member or team championships once its all been said and done).
    The Celtics is the only team that Stephen A should have mentioned if really believed in his argument.

  • Joab Johnstone
    Joab Johnstone 4 months ago

    It's so funny if you take a past player and put em into today's era they would struggle so bad.. Take a star from this era take em back they will dominate..

  • Joab Johnstone
    Joab Johnstone 4 months ago

    So pippen or Durant you take Durant.. Rodman or Draymond.. Draymond.. MJ or Klay well yes its MJ though Klay can defend too and shot the three better but clearly MJ.. Now point gaurd Harper or Curry no question Curry and Centre DeMarcus cousins is better than any center the bulls can put out

  • Joab Johnstone
    Joab Johnstone 4 months ago

    Yes they are the best starting 5 ever it's not even close most stacked team of all time followed by MJs bulls also heavily stacked..

  • Tyra Jones
    Tyra Jones 4 months ago

    I Disagree The Warriors Are The Greatest Time Ever

  • Andrew Somma
    Andrew Somma 4 months ago

    These two bozos are so annoying. Max is a straight moron and Steven A needs to retire.

  • meg
    meg 4 months ago +1

    5 all stars from previous line up. 5 all stars when a Republican is in office. 5 all stars when the temperature outside is 60 degrees on a cloudy day. My god, enough with the made up stats and milestones for everything. What tf is wrong with the media these days?

  • Zach L
    Zach L 4 months ago


  • Chris Dodges
    Chris Dodges 4 months ago


  • mistic
    mistic 4 months ago

    I like watching people I don't know, talk about people I don't know, playing sports.

  • Wavy _kyl3
    Wavy _kyl3 4 months ago

    So why everybody mad at the warriors if there not the best team of all time

  • Jamari Moss
    Jamari Moss 4 months ago

    Wtf is max even saying

  • Jamari Moss
    Jamari Moss 4 months ago

    Its no way anyone is better than gsw

  • Jonthebomb
    Jonthebomb 5 months ago +1

    Golden State has the greatest starting 5 of all time. I like Stephen a Smith most of the time. But I disagree with him this go around. Golden State has 2 of the top 5 arguably best players in the league on the team. Steph and k.d. they have 3 mvp trophies between them. Draymond green has a defensive player of the year award. And has been runner up to non other than kawhi once and I believe Marc gasol once. Stephen curry is arguably the greatest shooter of all time.. klay Thompson is right behind Step is shooting ability. Also is a great defender. Klay is possibly the greatest 3 and D player of all time. 3pointer+defense. Klay also has the most points ever scored in a single quarter. 37pts. And boogie is top 5 center in the league. He can shoot the 3. Rebound. He averaged 5 assist per game one season with the pelicans. So he is a willing passer. Also boogie and draymond are enforcers. Who could play in any generation. Talk show people always make a stink about how tough and physical the NBA was back in the day. Well to that, I say this. If LeBron was allowed to hold people on defense like they were back then. How could you score on a man of that size strength speed. I mean come on. How could you score on the Greek freak of he could hold you. How could you score on boogie if he could hold you. Anyway sorry I'm getting away from my point. My initial point that I was trying to make is that gsw has the greatest starting 5 of all time. Regardless of era. For example. Jordan's bulls vs. Current Gsw. Both teams have tough guys aka enforcers. Both teams have not so tough or rough guys. There was soft guys who played in every era.

    • Jonthebomb
      Jonthebomb 5 months ago +1

      One more thing. Every member of golden State starting 5 has a gold medal. Klay k.d draymond and boogie all played on the 2016 Olympic gold medal team. Steph curry turned it down. Steph has 2 gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 fiba world cups. Need I say more.

    • Jonthebomb
      Jonthebomb 5 months ago +1

      Also I'm pretty sure all 5 starters for Golden State was on the Olympic team at some point or another.

  • Ed Saldana
    Ed Saldana 5 months ago

    Mollys face 3:36 when lunch is ready

  • Mikeman Jordan
    Mikeman Jordan 5 months ago

    Green ruins that starting 5 argue til you blue in the face

  • Mikeman Jordan
    Mikeman Jordan 5 months ago

    I disagree absolutely not

  • Terrelle Harper
    Terrelle Harper 5 months ago

    04' Pistons would beat y'all

  • 8bitGoku
    8bitGoku 5 months ago

    How could you not know the tun-ton...tonoljikul nature of darwamisim?

  • Dragon Gaming
    Dragon Gaming 5 months ago

    Max too smart for these two

  • Nils Iwens
    Nils Iwens 5 months ago

    The team that's most adapted to the games rules today, wins the big prices..

  • Sei Bailey
    Sei Bailey 5 months ago

    Stephen A .Smith face expressions are priceless kekekekee

  • Jay D
    Jay D 5 months ago

    WTF is Stephen A Smith talking about? Smh

  • Kenvado Pratt
    Kenvado Pratt 5 months ago

    Smith your wrong

  • Rated R Gaming
    Rated R Gaming 5 months ago

    Now we gone act like this aint my created team to beat the cpu on 2k? smh

  • Harmen Greven
    Harmen Greven 5 months ago

    Another chance to talk about history = Retarded, Just say one of the 10 greatest teams and talk expectations for 2019 Warriors

  • Hugh Banks
    Hugh Banks 5 months ago

    Stephen A is a sellout and a flaming homo..

  • Karan Vinod
    Karan Vinod 5 months ago

    Best starting lineup ever. But definitely not the best team ever. Top 5 team of all time maybe.

  • Robert Middleton
    Robert Middleton 5 months ago

    Reggie Miller was as skinny as Durant and he was a superstar in that past era with less talent. These guys are consistently wrong about everything but comical.

  • elijah Xbib
    elijah Xbib 5 months ago

    Nahh. .. people have to start putting respect on my boi Draymonds name... everywhere Draymond has been, he wins. He is a pure blooded winner and keeps that mentality pervasive through the squad. Ya'll have to start rating Draymond, what he brings is spiritual for real. Warriors would not have won these many rings without him.

  • omari gadlin
    omari gadlin 5 months ago

    I think what’s missed on this segment is that Boogie is a modern day era of an old school big who can do it all, shoot, pass, dribble, dunk, he’s a physical specimen it’s no secret why he gets in foul trouble so much he has to ease of his aggressiveness in today’s NBA rules, no doubt in my mind he would dominate those boys in the old days he be ahead of his time, just like Jordan was Waayyyy ahead of his time.

  • kfc667
    kfc667 5 months ago

    Quick reminder: The Warriors were great before Kevin Durant, that is all

  • Eddy Shluger
    Eddy Shluger 5 months ago

    NBA back then wad much tougher.

  • Kiahree
    Kiahree 5 months ago

    Let's not forget the Pistons with Billups, Wallce, Wallace, Hamilton, and Prince. That was a tough starting 5.
    Also the suns with Nash, Stoudemire, Marion, Bell, and Thomas. That was a descent starting 5 too.

  • Maxine Cortez
    Maxine Cortez 5 months ago

    He's a bitch

  • Maxine Cortez
    Maxine Cortez 5 months ago

    Draymond is a little kid

  • Jt_ Ballin_23
    Jt_ Ballin_23 5 months ago

    The media is really trying to make a narrative that the Warriors are the best team in NBA history. Everybody talking about starting five when did Draymond become on starting 5. And the Warriors have no bench so they not know super team.

  • BigBallerIvan
    BigBallerIvan 5 months ago


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    assad rehman 5 months ago

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    assad rehman 5 months ago

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  • Clarence Solana
    Clarence Solana 5 months ago

    Stephen and Max don't have to go far. The 2004 Men's Olympic basketball team composed of Iverson, Marbury, Wade, Carmelo, Lebron, Amare and Duncan only won bronze even with a line-up like that. They lost to Lithuania, Puerto Rico (73-92?!) and Argentina.
    We can also go to the FIBA World Cup 2006 Men's basketball roster composed of Carmelo, Bosh, Dwight Howard, Lebron, Joe Johnson, Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade where they also just won bronze losing to Greece and Argentina.
    So yeah, the greatest starting 5 shouldn't just be the sum of the collective talent but the team's collection of achievements irrespective of the individual talent.

    THE GOAT 5 months ago

    Boogies hairline is creepin northbound

  • Keith Williams
    Keith Williams 5 months ago

    Lol they had the greatest starting five ever before the boogie trade

  • Jimmy M
    Jimmy M 5 months ago

    I don't think this Warriors team can get it done... They need Lebron

  • Dugg Lyfe Entertainment
    Dugg Lyfe Entertainment 5 months ago +1

    Very smart player but skill wise trash

  • Echa Banana
    Echa Banana 5 months ago

    isiah thomas was kyrie irving before kyrie irving:)) i just laugh on stephen a smith comment

  • Cameron Johnson
    Cameron Johnson 5 months ago

    The average player in today's nba is stronger than someone from the 80s

  • Cameron Johnson
    Cameron Johnson 5 months ago

    They didn't say anything about the spurs

  • Yungbuck
    Yungbuck 5 months ago

    Lol KD needed so much help to get his faux rings. I hope he wants to win a real ship some day.

  • Remarkable SeiF
    Remarkable SeiF 5 months ago +1

    Bad boy pistons? Lmao, laughable. GSW have the most talented starting 5 of all time. 3 top 10 players. 1 top 15 and 1 top 20

  • jeff jeff
    jeff jeff 5 months ago

    Oh I don't know

  • Indie Last
    Indie Last 5 months ago

    Stephen A. Smith Is a dumb ass

  • Matt Brink
    Matt Brink 5 months ago

    the answer is yes. fuck they talking bout. we haven’t even seen what they have in store yet

  • Jason Stubbs
    Jason Stubbs 5 months ago

    2 MVPs, a DPOY, a Top 5 shooter & An All-NBA Center ... you're delusional if you try to downplay how ridiculous this is

  • OG33 CHRIS
    OG33 CHRIS 5 months ago +1

    Niggas be thinking that because Draymond ain't be putting up 20+ points a game he's trash he ain't there to score he's there for rebounds assist and defense

  • Free El Real Omega
    Free El Real Omega 5 months ago

    This is without a question

  • Deforce
    Deforce 5 months ago

    unfortunately, yes.

  • english iranian
    english iranian 5 months ago

    I love super teams its fun cronus max plus

  • PoniesFiMEducation
    PoniesFiMEducation 5 months ago

    No it belongs to "oh yeah yeah"

  • DontSpamSquare-
    DontSpamSquare- 5 months ago

    This shouldnt even be a title lmaoo we all know the answer.....

    NO jk 😂😂😂

  • Giraffe!?!?
    Giraffe!?!? 5 months ago

    I don’t think they are the best lineup because draymond green should not be an all star in my opinion

  • Owner of a Busted Ricecooker

    all GS needs is Lebron, that'll make em the greatest pussies ever assembled.

  • Deviant anomaly
    Deviant anomaly 5 months ago

    There is NO TEAM, present or past, capable of beating this team with TODAY'S RULES when they are all healthy. At least statistically, position vs position.
    1 PG. The greatest shooter of all time.
    We can call Curry soft and relatable all we want but there is nobody even close to him when it comes to shooting, only guy close to shooting 3s like him is...ON HIS TEAM. This dude single handedly changed how the game is played. The only players that have had that impact on the game IN THAT fashion are Wilt and MJ.
    2 SG. The greatest 3 and D player...ever. He's efficient as hell and when he's hot he's even more deadly than Curry. He's going to guard your best guard and unless his middle name is Jeffery then good luck shooting over 40% on him.
    3. SF Regarded the most unguardable small forward behind LBJ and bird, KD is lethal from EVERYWHERE. He's basically a 7 foot guard and one of the greatest scorers of all time. What team besides 80's era Boston had anyone close to him?
    4. PF We can shit on Draymond now all we want but let's not act like he wasn't a threat from mid range and the outside a couple seasons ago. And even after his recent shooting slump he's still a lockdown defender that can get you boards and has the best court vision out of all PF in the league today. Only thing stopping us from calling Draymond "Rodman with a jumper" would be his rebounding ability.
    5. C If you like old school bully ball then Boogie is a few of a dying breed and was the best center in the league before the injury. What center back then was dominant in the post AND a lethal 3 point shooter? Old centers would be lost trying to guard this guy and ask why he was so far from the post on offense. Sure, he's no Wilt or Kareem in the paint but what 5 is even close to Cousins outside of it? Hell, the only 4s that shoot better from 3 than Cousins are Channing Frye and Dirk.

  • Mairead Kelly
    Mairead Kelly 5 months ago

    Watch my channel!!!

  • Quentin Turner
    Quentin Turner 5 months ago

    Fuckin drunk

  • Real One
    Real One 5 months ago

    Big L, Michael Jordan alone is more of a threat then that entire starting 5

  • Mr Comer
    Mr Comer 5 months ago

  • Usn Tgm
    Usn Tgm 5 months ago

    The warriors *ALWAYS* have a superstar on the court

  • Emily Osterman
    Emily Osterman 5 months ago


  • Goku Baller
    Goku Baller 5 months ago

    This team might look good on paper but also remember there was a team featuring Lebron, AI, Duncan, Carmelo, DWade, etc that got blown out by a team that had Carlos Arroyo as their best player. So until I see another team go 87-13 and 6 rings to go with it the Bulls will always be the greatest ever.

  • slumpy
    slumpy 5 months ago


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    slumpy 5 months ago


  • awtrace87
    awtrace87 5 months ago

    Steven is spot on about the physicality

  • Chuck Smith
    Chuck Smith 5 months ago

    Not even an argument, yes.

  • AYO G
    AYO G 5 months ago


  • MajorLeaguePro YT
    MajorLeaguePro YT 5 months ago

    Oh yeah yeah he is

  • Nick Steadman
    Nick Steadman 5 months ago

    All of these guys bar Draymond can drop 40 on any given night. Their spacing is literally half the court. How many of the top 20 players in the league do they have again? Debatable but 2 league MVPs, a DOP, and when Healthy the best big man imo in the game...I could go on but it’s over.
    I wanna say the other teams in the league messed up by not signing Boogie but the warriors were gonna win anyways and now he is gonna come back relatively healthy and more experienced. No risk and all the reward.

  • Ifdtjb Hhdxv
    Ifdtjb Hhdxv 5 months ago

    how many times mj saved

  • Jimmy JAMES
    Jimmy JAMES 5 months ago

    And yes Cousins does

  • Jimmy JAMES
    Jimmy JAMES 5 months ago

    I always thought basketball was a cute little game it has very little skill to learn. But you can earn a lot. Never understood how a child’s game can garner such large salaries but real sports like snowboarding, skiing, downhill mountain biking, and kiteboarding you’re unlikely to make millions compared to the amount of guys who play basketball. With the sports I mentioned, you have to read the environment, consider all forces working for and against you, execute it your move properly, and be precise in your landing. Basketball is grab ball, grunt, run in one direction, pass ball, and throw it in a hoop. If your labron “the Moron” James, run down court not pass ball, wonder why you can’t have ball 100% of the time and dunk it or shoot it.

  • Justin's take
    Justin's take 5 months ago

    Oldheads really think warriors don't have the all time best starting 5, lmfaoo