Warriors Win Title, LeBron Contemplates Future

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

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. The Warriors won without Kevin Durant.

Money and egos aside, the Warriors blended beautifully from the day Durant first walked into team headquarters.

The Golden State Warriors say no decision has been made regarding a potential White House visit to celebrate their National Basketball Association title. They don't care, because 16-1 will do.

Meanwhile on Twitter, James, Durant and Curry were among the top names mentioned on the social network. And because they couldn't possibly risk Durant signing elsewhere, they had to ramp up their courtship as soon as possible. It doesn't mean he is Michael.

But there's only one time in NBA history has the NBA Finals MVP award gone to a player from the losing squad - Jerry West claimed the award in the 1968-69 season, when his Lakers fell to the Boston Celtics in seven games. "The Warriors don't look like they're going anywhere for a while". When he was the favorite, he's 1-1, the underdog? 2-4. Four of their five starters scored in double figures, led by LeBron's 41, and the Cavaliers still lost. Irving added 26 points and six assists. "So we will see, but I will get away from the game a little bit". Replays showed that Durant did hit James on the head, which should have been his third personal foul. The $600 clue in the category "Sporting Life" subtly roasted Durant for his 2016 decision to ditch the Thunder and join the Warriors, the very team that had just beaten him in the 2016 Western Conference Finals. "See what we're missing", Green says, recounting the text message he sent Durant. The Warriors just became another superhero movie. Players are less talented than they used to be. But that Heat team wasn't as good, or as talented, as this Warriors team. "But one thing I know about LeBron James, though, he'll probably be back in the gym the start of July getting ready for next season".

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And so I don't know as far as me personally right now. He has had a great run with the Los Angeles Clippers, but that team's window - whether they want to accept it or not - has closed. They're going to be around for a while. "Pretty much all their guys are in their 20s".

Later, he was straightforward and serious: "We were heartbroken last year, but this year was our turn".

It also created lofty expectations for Durant, with many onlookers saying his move would be a failure if the Warriors did not go on to win a title in their first season together. It was his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, the only non-Boston Celtic to do so. You saw talent and force and even anger the way he played that fourth quarter on Monday night.

Durant might be asked to do the same - take less than he might command elsewhere to allow Golden State to keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston without salary cap issues.

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