The Warriors won 67 games even though Durant missed six weeks late in the regular season. The Warriors lured him to Golden State last summer with promises of creating an everlasting dynasty, and there's no real reason to believe they won't.
But he offered a glimpse of what more he could offer by averaging more than 30 points per game during the Finals.
The Warriors became the first Bay Area team to capture a championship at home since the A's finished the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1974 World Series.
James should know better than most.
"And that last three minutes was a blur just of pure emotion and energy". Our city hasn't had that feeling in a long, long, long time.
Durant said he has no question in his mind he will be back with the Warriors. "This is something that we want to continue to do".
Beating Cleveland two out of three in the first rivalry to be featured in three consecutive finals didn't hurt the sense of drama the Warriors aroused all season.
"There's a respect for the institution, for the office; there's a respect for our government that I think you have to take into account, regardless of people's opinions of the person sitting in that chair", Kerr said. We're just trying to celebrate and enjoy everything. I'm working every day, seeing how I can be the best teammate, the best player I can be.
But the first-time champion made some points to show how unique this super team is.
"I had a letdown past year", Green said. With career averages of 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, 3 NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016) 4 NBA Most Valuable Player awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and 13 NBA All-Star (2005-2017) appearances, he probably has nothing to be ashamed of. The Golden State Warriors lost only once in all of the playoffs with talents like Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Sheldon Glasgow, who has been living in Oakland for 10 years, said he wasn't angry the Warriors were moving. It's possible that his outside business interests, which include a desire to one day own an National Basketball Association team, could push him into retirement. "When he turned that corner, we became nearly unbeatable". "He had an incredible series, just dominated".
"I knew it was going to be a battle I just tried to challenge him - you can't stop the guy".
The teams he joined were comparable to "superteams", with three star players banning together with a set aspiration of a title run - similar to what Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett accomplished with the Boston Celtics championship squad in 2008. "This is something that we want to continue to do, but for us to have these conversations that we had nearly a year ago and now being in this position, worth every shot we took in practice, fighting through injuries that he had this year, and it's an unbelievable feeling". "And you can't describe it". "It's a championship. It's a great feeling".
"Once it hits zero and you see that excitement in their faces, it's nearly like in a lost world because you have no idea what to do", he said. "That's when you see how precious these moments are".