Wanda Durant, Kevin Durant's mother, opens up about sacrifice


Golden State had a bullseye on Cleveland all year, matching up in the NBA Finals for a record third straight year - one at 12-0, the other at 12-1. CBA expert Danny Leroux breaks down the major challenges and opportunities for the Golden State Warriors in The Crossover's NBA Summer Preview series. Shaun Livingston had a insane knee injury.

There aren't usually words for that kind of sacrifice, but Kevin Durant found just the right ones, when he gave his mom a tearful shoutout in his acceptance speech for the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award three years ago.

After rocking the NBA previous year with his decision to leave Oklahoma City as a free agent and sign with the Warriors, Durant's dream came true Monday when Golden State beat Cleveland 129-120 to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to one. A minuscule margin for error going into the series shrunk even more and any chance of another triumph would require near-perfection against the league's best. And he looks forward to the nice payday.

A year after signing Kevin Durant and shortly after winning their second National Basketball Association championship in three years, the Warriors look to have a substantially more stable off-season.

"It would mean everything". "All the pieces that we have are important to the equation of winning a championship and competing for a championship every single year".

If "super teams" are bad for the league, it's hard to figure out how they are.

And the 50-point margin is being generous to Cleveland. All-time great players have chosen to join contenders before, but no one has ever done it under the circumstances that Durant did. "Now, people are looking at him, between him and LeBron, and when it's all said and done, people are going to say Kevin Durant is the best player in the world".

"We're obviously just getting started", Curry said. You don't see some of the qualities you talk about, the resilience, the ability to communicate, the compassion.

As the gold confetti fell and a fresh gray National Basketball Association champion cap sat a tad off-kilter on his head, Kevin Durant embraced mother Wanda. While Draymond Green gets well-deserved credit for being the player that keys the "small-ball" Team of Death, Iggy's role as the Fifth Musketeer is nearly as important. "So you don't know what's going to happen". You can debate whether his team set him up to be the hero or not. "So, I'll have that mindset, KD's going to have that mindset". "We'll see how long".

It took 8 months for Golden State to pay Obama a visit when they won the title in 2015, making an appearance only in February 2016.

Curry embraced Durant's arrival after the Warriors dropped last year's finals to Cleveland in seven games, an unselfish attitude that reflected Durant's desires and created an inside-outside pairing that was almost unstoppable. Coach Steve Kerr also has been outspoken about issues with Trump. "I still feel like that today".

Curry, Kevin Durant and their teammates are determined to build a dynasty together _ and they might just be well on their way.