Ever since Klay Thompson kicked off “the championship or nothing” when the Warriors had an 18-2 record in late November, it seemed like the club was determined to make that wish a reality.
Thompson finally got back in shape. Draymond Green and Stephen Curry also overcame late injuries. And Golden State triumphed again with the help of young players who shone at the right time.
On Monday, coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors celebrated with a parade in San Francisco. Adored by thousands of people in the streets, under the blue and gold confetti.
Players left their tanks to mingle with the crowd.
Thompson was wearing a captain’s hat. His champions cap fell in San Francisco Bay following a gust of wind during the boat ride.
Curry had his previous three champion rings on a necklace.
“I had to get that out,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area. I don’t watch them during the season.
Golden State clinched the fourth title in eight years by beating the Celtics 103-90 on Thursday in game six of the Finals. Curry was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals, averaging 31.2 points per game.
The roar …
“We know what we’re capable of,” said Jordan Poole, who turned 23 on Sunday. We had no doubt. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be at this parade.
The strength of a united group focused on the goal is crazy. We are all there for each other.
Thompson returned to the game in January after knee and Achilles tendon injuries. It costs him more than two and a half years.
At the end of the regular season, it was Green and Curry’s turn to have to spend time away.
Wiggins, Poole, and Gary Payton were the prominent new faces putting their shoulder to the wheel.
“It’s really special to see how far guys like Andrew, Jordan, Gary, and Kevon (Looney) have come,” Kerr said.
It takes a whole team to deserve a championship. We had a fabulous group.
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