In a surprise conference call Wednesday, Utah Jazz power forward Karl Malone asserted that the 1995-1996 Utah Jazz team that he and fellow Hall of Famer John Stockton led to the Western Conference Finals would sweep the 2015-2016 Jazz, who are currently 40-41.

“No, Karl, we’ve been debating whether the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls would beat the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors because the Warriors might break the Bulls’ single-season wins record,” a helpful reporter on Malone’s conference call explained. “The 1995-1996 Jazz were clearly better than today’s Jazz, and it has nothing to do with era or style of play. You guys nearly went to the NBA Finals, and this year’s team isn’t even a lock to make the playoffs.”

Karl laughing at the 2016 Jazz's chances against the '96 Jazz (Getty)

Karl laughing at the 2016 Jazz’s chances against the ’96 Jazz (Getty)

“That’s what I’ve been saying!” Malone responded gleefully.

“We would’ve swept these soft-ass Warriors too,” he added, before busting out in laughter. “I’m just kidding. That’s ridiculous.”

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