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Candice Alexander
June 14, 2017

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Steve Kerr will be back to coach the 2017-18 season. He seemed to understand he had not reached the end of a quest, but had rather only started one. In a most attractive and poetic finish, the Warriors, who came into Monday night's game leading the Finals series 3-1, pulled off a flawless victory and won the game with a 9 point lead, leaving no doubt that they are the champions. In this, his seventh straight Finals, he became the first player to ever average a triple double (33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists).

James dominated Game 5, ramming from the perimeter to the rim over and over in the fourth quarter, unstoppable as a freight train.

LeBron James had a stellar Finals average of 41 points 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Kyrie Irving - the Cavs' All-Star playmaker and one of the architects of last year's championship - contributed 26 points and six assists.

Golden State Warriors in numbersWhat's next for LeBron James?

Cleveland star LeBron James played in his seventh consecutive finals and eighth career finals, falling to 3-5.

Along with Draymond Green, the defensive beast, and Klay Thompson, the three-point sharpshooter, the Warriors were ultimately robbed in the Finals, losing to Cleveland in seven games. At 32, James must grapple with how to beat them with an uncertain number of years remaining in his. "I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short".

"Feels great to win. It's just not my time". After Game 5, James is a runner-up, again. West shoved Irving to pick up a technical foul, then went chest-to-chest with Tristan Thompson. At this stage of his career, rich beyond comprehension and three National Basketball Association titles on his resume, James possesses a singular goal. "So, this is the culmination of a year where they grew together and learned each other's games and got better and better all year, and it was just phenomenal to be part of". But how can he compete with the Warriors?

"I'm talking too much", he added. "They're going to be around for a while".

"They're going to be here for a while". But the Warriors also had shooting that would have made them the envy of even some of the toughest teams of all-time. Durant appeared to commit his third foul on the play, but the officials let it go and the game quickly turned.

At 32, and playing as well as ever in 14 seasons, James has a possible dynasty blocking his path. He does not figure to stand pat.

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Congratulations on the championship, Golden State.

Speaking on ESPN and BT Sport, he added: "I've got the best job in the world, these guys are so gifted, so committed to each other and so unselfish". He won a championship, and then we were close and didn't win one. He owns a production company and has loudly outlined his Hollywood ambitions.

"We did it together", said Durant, a first-time champion.

For the third year in succession the two teams met in the Finals, but after going 3-0 down this time around, Cleveland were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors secured the trophy in game five. The Warriors were expected to come out guns blazing since they were back home and they did that up to a point in the first quarter as Cleveland were determined to keep their season alive, winning the first quarter and turning the Oracle Arena into a silent collection of golden t-shirts.

"We were able to get them a year ago and they went out and got one of the best players this league has ever seen", Cavaliers star LeBron James said. But notice that he was on the floor whenever it counted; Kerr and his teammates have that much faith in him. "So I've also realized that as far as becoming more of a team player, since my first year I've grown so much and I'm proud of myself in that area as well, but I've got a long ways to go". "I don't believe in that". "They beat us, but I'm pretty sure we'll be back and we'll be ready to battle again".

The Warriors maintained their cushion in the fourth. The only unknown was if the team chemistry would be disrupted with Durant's addition. The season could not have ended any better for Durant after joining the Warriors in free agency. "It makes the whole picture something that's attractive". "We're going down as one of the best teams ever, and that's a special thing you can not take away from us".

"We're obviously just getting started", said Curry.

What makes James so great isn't just his physical skill, it's his intelligence. Jordan led the league in scoring and Rodman in rebounding, and their three stars were perhaps the league's best defensive players at their positions, making it almost impossible to score against the Bulls at times. "And it's wonderful to see a superstar who sacrifices, who doesn't care about nothing but the group".

That is what stands in James's path. A combination of head and body blows possibly dismantling this team from the current form we know.

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