Warriors' next aim is fourth title in five NBA seasons

Jun 11, 2018, 08:01
Warriors' next aim is fourth title in five NBA seasons

That's their job. They make too much money. That's never how I wanted to play and that's never how I wanted to approach a team.

There was plenty of that "other stuff" floating around over the weekend, particularly after Friday night's Game 4 - already anticlimactic with the result of the Finals all but sealed - turned into such a lopsided affair.

During the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant averaged 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game, culminating in a Game 4 triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

With his team having gone 1-8 against Golden State over the past two Finals, after having dethroned its nemesis in 2016, James was asked what the biggest difference was between then and now.

"I didn't want to put our coaches, our players in that situation, and I had to fight through it".

Durant won his second title and second NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award, but the forward has no plans to rest on his laurels. Only the 1960s Boston Celtics dynasty reached five NBA Finals in a row.

Slate's Craig Fehrman put it simply: "The NBA has been bad for two years, and it's Kevin Durant's fault".

The Warriors finished second in the Western Conference with a 58-24 record this season without really trying.

"I really just am happy to be a champ again".

No, I can't reasonably guess at what moved David West and Shaun Livingston to say that there were issues behind the scenes during this latest Warriors title run, things that West said would blow our minds when they become public. "This is the best place for me to just play ball, work on my game, play ball, and not care about [expletive] that normal National Basketball Association superstars are supposed to care about".

Does Durant have the desire to go somewhere else without so many established stars and prove he can be the guy to carry a team to a championship?

NBA's 10 best championship duos - How high do Curry and Durant rank? "So I don't have an answer for you right now".

"I pride myself on standing out wherever I am", Durant added.

"I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that".

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