Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriors

Warriors fans at victory parade and rally in Oakland California Thursday

They did it while absorbing some of LeBron James's best punches, and as awe-inspiring as a 16-1 romp through the playoffs might be, this outcome was never really in doubt. Scorned and scrutinized from every angle for that decision, Durant triumphantly raised his arms and an MVP trophy Monday night all these months later- beaming as a first-time National Basketball Association champion, just as planned.

Warriors Coach Steve Kerr has been openly critical of President Donald Trump, especially the President's proposed travel ban to six Muslim-majority nations.

Golden State's championship-clinching victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series since Michael Jordan's last title in 1998.

"I mean, come on, you got a bunch of guys who are talented and can shoot and pass and dribble, and they're unselfish", Kerr said. "So, I do not anticipate any issues with him staying".

"Andre (Iguodala) told me all the time: 'It is your time. So I'm going to enjoy every last bit of this butt". "Hopefully we can keep it going".

Durant entered the NBA Finals as an eight-time All-Star, an All-Star Game MVP and an NBA MVP.

Yet with that confirmed and the assumption that the Warriors will also let Kevin Durant get his, the question remains how they can keep this core together while also fielding a roster around them. Durant was front and center in that turnaround, hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer to provide the signature moment of the Warriors rally - and the series as a whole - in an 11-0 finish.

James made a fast break slam dunk over Durant for a 41-33 Cleveland lead, the Warriors forward getting away with a blow to James's head that would have brought his third foul early in the second quarter. I believe Andrew is shaving already, and he has a driver's license I think, but I can't guarantee it. And I'm like, 'Bro, we're about to win the title'. I'm just so happy Kevin has broken through.

Green addressed the super team chatter while addressing the crowd just days after Cleveland's LeBron James - who played with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami - referenced that he had never played on a super team. He chose Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City.

"You hear me? No matter what anybody says, you did it!" she said to Durant.

History will always note that Durant's first championship came against James.

"I do know me and KD had a conversation along with Draymond and Klay and Andre previous year before he even showed up that that was kind of the identity of who we are as a team that we understand how important it is, the guys that are here", Curry said. The Warriors thought they needed Durant to beat him, and they did.


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