The Golden State Warriors players and coaches say winning their fourth NBA Championship in eight years was extra special because of the depth the team has sunk in the last two seasons.
The Warriors ended the NBA-worst 15 wins in the epidemic-short 2020 season and after failing to reach the playoffs last year, some thought it was time to break up the team.
“They are all unique. They are all special. I think it’s probably the most unlikely from the point of view of where we’ve been in the last few years, “said head coach Steve Kerr after his 103-90 game six win in Boston.
“A lot of unknowns, hitting Clay (Thompson), Drymond (Green) at the end of the year, Steff (Curry) at the end of the year. Lots of young people, a new team around our center.
“It takes a whole team effort to do that, and we only had one great team who did it.”
“They’re all unique. They’re all special. I think that could be the most unlikely …”
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– NBA (BANBA) June 17, 2022
Thompson missed two full seasons due to a big leg injury and many wondered if he would be the same player again.
But despite some spotted shooting, Thompson did more than deliver in the final, dropping some clutch three-pointers and standing tall in defense against a smaller, more athletic Boston squad.
“Two years of seeing my teammates was tough,” Thompson said.
“A 15-50 season. And then the next year it was even harder not to be there with Steve and Dre and the boys. So to get back to this moment, I’m not going to lie, I knew it was possible but I can’t believe that. It’s here. “
The Warriors were in five finals in a row between 2015-2019 and were ready for more.
“So you go over these last two years, and the conversation, the narrative, we’re ‘very old’, the parallel timeline of developing the youth and integrating our roots, all the tough decisions we had to make, the weight of which is on you,” Curry said.
“You’ve reached a point where you’ve reached a play-off series against Denver and then Memphis and then Dallas and Boston, and it looks like we’re here and it’s surreal.”
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