"We all want something that's bigger than ourselves", Durant said.
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. How has all of this affected Kevin Durant's controversial legacy? In only his second game back from an injury that sidelined him for six games, the veteran swingman gave the Warriors 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers along the way.
The Golden State Warriors secured their status as an National Basketball Association dynasty on Friday by steamrolling the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim a third title in four years, and one that might send LeBron James elsewhere to seek championships.
Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors won their fourth straight finals matchup against James and Cleveland easily.
But back the soft cap.
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The Warriors have run into James for four consecutive years in the Finals and although they've got the better of him on three occasions, his individual numbers and performances over those four series have been truly remarkable. What a remarkable coincidence, that. "All I want to do in my life, while I'm healthy, is to work on my game and enjoy the game and not worry about nothing else. He's on the previous year of a deal, so they don't want to take on money".
"All of us together are just unselfish", said Warriors center JaVale McGee.
LeBron James claims he played final three games with broken hand. He has not yet made an All-Star team.
A few short moments after his Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA Finals series that ended 4-0, head coach Steve Kerr kept things frank about what he expected the outcome of this series to be. But word of James' injury didn't originate from his camp, and it makes little sense he would be eager to reveal this lapse in judgment. Not a typo: that's an average of $42-million per year.
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"When you feel like you are really good at your craft, it's always great to be around other great minds and other great ballplayers", James said.
They sound very altruistic when they explain it.
"We'll see what happens", James said. The way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game, and I had emotions that the game was taken away from us. "Is it if there is a ball on the ground we can't reach for it but you've got to dive for it?" "It makes the environment great".
Still, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has admitted openly he is obsessed about beating the Golden State Warriors, and his team came oh-so-close this year, falling in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. "He's on the previous year of a deal, so they don't want to take on money". The franchise will also move from Oakland to San Francisco after next season, into a sparkling new downtown arena. "Then the challenges that faced us". While everyone is imagining a Harden-LeBron-Chris Paul superteam in Houston, are the latter two going to take dramatically less than the money already committed to the former one?
The real problem for the Warriors is not the luxury tax itself, which seems like a necessary evil at this point given the dynasty that has formed in Oakland.
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