NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors end 40-year championship drought
The NBA might just have witnessed a historic changing of the guard.
Led by regular season MVP Stephen Curry and veteran bench player Andre Iguodala, the Warriors were able to largely neutralize James’ supporting cast, which was already depleted thanks to costly injuries to all-stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The Warriors’ win is the franchise’s second since moving to the West Coast, and the Oakland-based team hadn’t won it all for exactly 40 years.
That championship team, led by underhanded free-throw shooting sensation Rick Barry, predated Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, answering machines, the Internet and much more.
Of course, for Cleveland, the defeat was particularly bittersweet. The loss came on the Cavaliers’ home court after a season filled with hope due to James’ decision to return to the team from his hometown which first made him famous. The city has not won a title in any professional sport since 1964, and the Cavaliers were widely seen as their best hope to end the suffering.
Still, it’s hard not to feel heartened by the ascent of Curry and company. The pint-sized point guard has become a breakout star thanks to his credible play and adorable 2-year-old daughter Riley, who managed to upstage him at press conferences during the playoffs.
No matter what team you were rooting for – this finals will go down as one of the most riveting in years, and NBA fans are licking their chops for a potential rematch next season.