Rick Barry: Kevin Durant’s Finals performance ‘one of the best ever’

Rick Barry: Kevin Durant's Finals performance 'one of the best ever'

When Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors last summer, he infuriated National Basketball Association fans by saying the move to Golden State, which had just won an NBA-record 73 games and lost the Finals in seven games, was “the hardest road” to winning his first championship.

By contrast, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors last July, has a supporting cast that won a record-setting 73 regular season games last season.

Speaking of LeBron James, he also made history this year, becoming the first player ever to average a triple-double in the NBA Finals. Over the course of 33.4 minutes per game in 2016-17, he averaged 25.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

The Warriors already had Steph Curry (2 x NBA MVP), Klay Thompson (NBA All-Star), Andre Iguodala (NBA Finals MVP) and Draymond Green (NBA All-Star) in their line-up.

Golden State wanted their title back and signed All-Star Kevin Durant away from Oklahoma City so a team as talented and as explosive as the Warriors suddenly had two former NBA MVPs in Stephen Curry and Durant, both young, talented, hungry and in their 20s. “I’m not taking nothing from you”, said the humbled Hart.

Despite losing the #2017 Nba Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still the second-best team in the league and they are an attractive free-agent destination.

“Winning is fantastic. I’ve been so lucky to be part of so many championship teams as a player and now as a coach, and it never gets old”, Kerr said after Monday’s win.

On Wednesday during exit interviews, Kevin Durant dismissed the notion that the Golden State Warriors are constructed as a superteam. His loss at the hands of Golden State moved him to 3-5 in his eight trips to the finals.

Durant did indeed join a ready-made contender by teaming up with two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry on a team that won it all in 2015 and were runners-up a year ago after a season in which they had a record 73 wins in 82 games. “And I was like, OK, we left everything on the floor, and it still wasn’t enough”. “I’m just so happy for him to be able to realise his goal and be my teammate”.

And if you’re a Golden State fan, that’s the real reason to celebrate.