Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kevin Durant says Warriors 'work extremely well together,' but aren't a superteam


Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry said he's still not interested in celebrating the team's National Basketball Association title with a visit to the White House and President Donald Trump. Oh, there would be more partying, for sure.

"Just the camaraderie, the togetherness, that's what it was about".

Myers realizes adding Durant might not have worked so well with anyone but the Warriors.

That came in the second period, as the Warriors went on a 21-2 run over a 4:30 stretch. "We want to keep this thing together and see how we can continue to keep getting better".

That a five-game series put up bigger numbers than a full seven-game showdown is particularly remarkable given the size of the crowd that tuned in to ABC during last year's deciding broadcast.

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But alas Game Four came and you didn't have to be clairvoyant to know that the 2016 champs and LeBron James in particular, would come out and represent their mantra to the letter, defend the land, with an emphatic 137-116 victory.

The Warriors won 73 games past year and made it to the NBA Finals before blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Cavaliers. NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant rode on a different bus with his mom. "That place was rocking right down to the last minute of that game, and obviously that does make a huge difference".

"We put in everything we had, our heart, soul and sweat, everything", he said. Some teams wouldn't embrace a guy who came into a situation like ours.

James could opt out of his contract after next season, so he will want to see some progress. Letting Game 3 get away from us and then coming back to this gym, we knew it was going to be tough, but I thought our mindset was right. "So you have a clear sense of what matters when you go through that stuff".

General Manager Bob Myers, who helped assemble the Warriors lineup after the franchise spent years as the league's laughing stock, and savvy owner Joe Lacob fill out the rest of the team. Whatever it is, the big-money contract will be a hefty raise from the $12 million he earned on the way to a 16-1 postseason.

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In response, Curry said, "Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, like a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen what I'd do and I think I answered 'I wouldn't go.' I still feel like that today". "There was never any question in my mind that this was going to work". "I don't believe in excluding other people". As a grinning Curry held daughter Riley in his arms, Durant stood next to them with his left hand on the point guard's head.

This time, King James gave way to KD, who was the NBA Finals MVP 10 years after being picked second in the NBA draft behind Greg Oden. If Durant takes less, the challenge will be balancing out a desire to pay two reliable, aging contributors with some serious financial ramifications. Their success on that end of the floor should be acknowledged as much as their offensive firepower and after a historically good offensive season and a Finals matchup of two historically good offenses, the idea that defense wins championships still rings true.

Though Thompson and Green are locked into long-term deals, Curry, Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are all free agents this offseason.

"You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, but nobody comes in and cares about the game or loves the game as much as I do or works as hard as do I at the basketball game". "That's not what's important, my take on that, it's about us celebrating a championship and we'll move forward with that whenever we get a chance to".

"I love the vibe we had in the locker room after the game, understanding what we need to do differently to play better", he said.

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