NBA Finals Odds: Warriors clearly favored to repeat 6/13/17

  • NBA Finals Odds: Warriors clearly favored to repeat 6/13/17

NBA Finals Odds: Warriors clearly favored to repeat 6/13/17

And if he and the rest of the Warriors have their way, for years to come.

As Durant dribbled out the clock, his validation complete in picking the right team and teammates a year ago and picking them up at the right time, my mind flashed back to a cold December night in Memphis. In the 2012 NBA Finals, Durant was playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder and lost to James - who was then with the Miami Heat - in five games. It's cool and amusing, but when you just keep doing it time and time and time again for no reason and then a guy actually disagrees with you and you threaten him, I didn't know cops could threaten civilians like that.

Kevin Durant's decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the 73-win Golden State Warriors was a controversial one debated ad nauseam over the past year, and Nike wasted no time taking a shot at those who criticized the move shortly after Durant won his first National Basketball Association title Monday.

"The way that he embraced the opportunity in the Finals, it was unbelievable", Curry said.

There will be one question inevitably asked this offseason by most of the 29 other teams in the National Basketball Association whose fingers didn't get to smudge the golden surface of the Larry O'Brien Trophy this year.

Coach Steve Kerr cried. Back-to-back MVP Steph Curry ended his Finals in fine form, too, bouncing back from a bad Game 4 to add 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

He hugged mother Wanda many a time. We drove from Birmingham to Memphis that Saturday to see the greatest show on earth, and it was like watching circus elephants rise up in front-legs-to-backside formation, then tumble like dominoes. "We were really good tonight", Durant added. James will try and lure more help to come to Cleveland. "I have achieved a lot of individual success in this league but this is a team sport". It's not about who scored what. I'm thinking full mid-level of somewhere near $8 million a year or bust but who knows.

The Warriors would have beaten KD and the Celtics in 6, and man, why'd you have to make me write about this what-if? Looking back on this season, people will forget that before The Finals, LeBron and company were 12-1 in the postseason. And this time, no matter what anyone says about the Warriors stacking the deck by landing Durant in free agency last summer, you knew without a doubt that the best team had won.

Golden State plays under a set of offensive-friendly rules, and critics said they wouldn't have stood up to the rugged play of the past. Here's how it works: You submit questions to Chad through Twitter, Facebook, email, his Friday chat, and any other outlet you prefer. One of the greatest players of all time had one of the greatest playoff series of all time, and it was good enough to get him a single win.

One moment late Monday captured the camaraderie that evolved.

Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down 3-pointers, dished and dunked.

The capacity crowd, most dressed in Warrior gold T-shirts, cheered and sang along with the tune "We Are The Champions" as confetti fell.

Durant was already one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history before his move to the Warriors after collecting the scoring title four times and picking up MVPs honors in 2014. They learned from each other every step of the way, they pushed one another through fierce shooting competitions that were pure entertainment on a practice floor.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver does not want to break up the Golden State Warriors.

When it's said and done, James will go down as one of the top three players to ever play the game, and quibble all you want about who is the best to ever play the game.