Draymond Green was the man that began the recruiting process, dropping a text message to Durant the night of his defeat to the Cavaliers, who had evened the NBA Finals series matchup at one apiece. Thompson and West went at each other face to face.
Durant joined the Warriors as a free agent after they failed in the Finals against Cleveland past year, becoming the first team ever to blow a 3-1 Finals lead.
James said in a press conference screened on nba.com: “I’m not happy he won his first – I’m not happy at all”.
Who was the better team? Cameras caught Kevin Durant’s mother crying tears of joy, just as Kevin famously did when talking about his mother during his 2014 NBA MVP acceptance speech.
“They tried to give it to them, but they wouldn’t take it!”
The first year of the league’s latest Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ended with the Mavericks securing their first championship.
Irving, who led the Cavs in scoring in both Games 3 and 4 had 26 through three quarters but did not score in the fourth. Cleveland enjoyed a 41-33 lead in the second quarter Monday before the Warriors ripped off a 28-4 run.
And it is different for Durant; his fingers and trophy closet got heavier. “It’s tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed”.
Completing a flawless 9-0 run at home during the postseason, the Warriors became the first San Francisco Bay Area team to win a championship at home since the Oakland Athletics won the 1974 World Series.
And after the Warriors closed out the series on Monday, Wanda Durant had another touching moment with National Basketball Association legend Jerry West, with the two sharing a hug.
Going into the game, the Warriors were listed in most sportsbooks as 9- or 9.5-point favorites, meaning that in order for Warriors bettors to cash in on their ticket, the Warriors had to win by ten or more points. Golden State lost in record-setting fashion 137-116 on Friday.
“We had very little talent actually”, Kerr said laughing, “It was mostly coaching”. “I had a letdown last year but like I told everybody, If Kevin Durant was the consolation prize to lose thanks for that loss and we’re the champs this year”. “You guys were great tonight, we needed it”.
Though he was joking, there is a question about the coaching tactics employed by Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue. Cleveland stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win last year’s finals against Golden State after the Warriors knocked off the Cavaliers in the 2015 finals.
They practiced it several times as heads turned in Oracle Arena to watch and listen.
He stole a title last season, but this year he was only able to prevent the sweep in Game 4.