"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant admitted. I was out for a run, sweating out the three bags of Doritos (and potentially some barley sodas) I consumed the day before.
He then said her presence was more than a highlight at the match. "After Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank praised President Donald Trump, calling him a "real asset" to the nation, Steph quipped, "I agree with that description, if you remove the "et" from asset".
Conversely, it is only James and 25-year-old Kyrie Irving in the Cavaliers' mix who are built to offer substantial resistance to the Warriors. That need for top-tier talent wouldn't change for James in L.A., where he's rumored to be headed in the summer of 2018. I think any great team and elite player could adjust to any style. Immediately, the debates started. "This is something that we want to continue to do".
James has now won only three of his eight trips to the finals, a losing record that doesn't align with everything else he has achieved but does point to just how hard it can be to lead a team to a championship.
"We've learned from everything we've been through to bring (the trophy) back home", Curry said.
Many players have opt-in decisions coming before the July 1 shopping spree opens. It was their second in three seasons and No. 1 for Durant.
James had a spectacular series, averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists but it wasn't enough. He shot a scorching 55.6 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from the 3-point line and 92.7 percent from the free-throw line. He was everywhere, and so was Durant, and it was like nothing we've ever seen before.
The Warriors put the blown 3-1 lead jokes in the past and Kevin Durant got the championship that he desired. That's not a typo.
As unforgettable for the rest of the National Basketball Association was the way the Warriors attacked the season, blending Durant's inside power with Curry and Klay Thompson's outside shooting to create a deadly combination and potentially long-lasting one. He was leading the brigade. It will certainly be interesting to see how the rest of the league will try to take the Warriors out, super-team or no.
Two playful superstars who found a way to coexist through all the questions and constant scrutiny, together and smiling as champions. His wonderful performances are the reason why many people compare him to Michael Jordan, and James even has a chance to surpass Jordan as the greatest player of all time. "It feels unbelievable to win a championship with these guys". The transportation planner bought his tickets a year ago, anticipating a Warriors title and researching when the last parade was and how quickly he thought the Warriors would beat the Cavs.
"I didn't go bald like Mike, but I'm getting there", James said after the Cavs closed out the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern finals, a game in which James passed Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in the postseason.
Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship - not to mention shooting skills - through regular shooting contests that were oh so close.
What a great basketball mind I have.
The parade ended on the shores of Lake Merritt where coach Steve Kerr and the players addressed the crowd during an 80-minute rally.
Finals MVP Kevin Durant was on a different bus with his mom.