"Love you, girl, but I got to do it", Durant told USA TODAY Sports as he clutched the MVP trophy. "I was anxious, I was jittery". And I just tried to do that, but also be aggressive.
Kerr still found time to crack a joke on the stage afterward: "Well, we had very little talent, actually, it was mostly coaching".
"I'm proud of you, son", she said.
A year after compiling the greatest regular season in National Basketball Association history but falling short of the big ring, the Warriors had just completed the greatest postseason this league, any league, any of the Big Four sports had ever seen. Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, right, celebrates with his mother Wanda Durant as he is named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals.
And after his Golden State Warriors won the National Basketball Association title the point guard showed his delight in typically goofy fashion with some impressive dance moves. This year's Warriors were a 73-win team that added a top-3 player to their roster.
"I ain't got to say nothing", Durant said, as if that was all he had to say. "But then that was far from the truth".
The league continues to try to use the leverage of the collective bargaining agreement - salary caps and incentives - to get superstar players such as Durant to stay with their teams. It was his 31-point, triple-double effort in Game 4 that gave the Cavaliers their only win of the series. We haven't won every Finals, obviously. With the Cavs all floating his way, Durant fired a crosscourt pass to Andre Iguodala for a three-pointer that pushed the lead to eight.
One of the fans watching the players go through their pregame routines was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Warriors team-mate Steph Curry put up 34 points and 10 assists as Golden State won their fifth title. In that half alone, LeBron tallied 18 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and a block, making plays like this one along the way. "Steve will be our coach". "There was never any question in my mind that this was going to work".
Though the Cavaliers led 37-33 at the end of the first quarter, Golden State soon reasserted their dominance by winning the second 38-23 to lead 71-60 at half-time. He was seen tearing up after the game. "We didn't seem that nervous in Game 4", Kerr said on Monday.
"To be back here and bring gold Larry (O'Brien) back home, I'm just excited to be a part of this group and accomplish something special. So you have a clear sense of what matters when you go through that stuff". He chose Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City. It was his seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, the only non-Boston Celtic to do so. He pouted in 11 of the 24 points during the game-deciding run - nine of them on a trio of 3-pointers, each a different style (step-back, pull-up, spot-up) than the last.
James said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself. "They're going to be around for a while. So there will be a lot of teams trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to match that". Though they are not apples to apples in comparison, that championship victor snared an 18.9 MM result, or up 18% from last night's clincher. Zero assists. Zero rebounds. Abdul-Jabbar was the league's MVP and scoring champion, averaging 31.7 points. "I was like. OK. we left everything on the floor, and it still wasn't enough".