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Warriors Fans Celebrate, with Expectations of More to Come

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Damon Campbell | 19 June, 2017, 05:14

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, from left, guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant celebrate after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. However, for Stephen Curry, who's been consistently criticized for his underwhelming play in the previous two Finals, this second title goes a long way toward shutting up those critics who said he couldn't handle the bright lights of the big stage.

The second National Basketball Association championship feels drastically different for Curry, because this one was a comeback from a heartbreaking missed opportunity previous year against James and the Cavaliers when the Warriors knew they should have won it all but squandered a 3-1 lead. He got off his bus and hopped and shouted as he gave high fives to the crowd.

Residents of Oakland, which lost one of its other beloved teams, the Raiders, to Las Vegas, are still reeling from a police scandal and mourning a fatal warehouse fire.

He barely took a day off last summer after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA Championship.

"Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen: 'What would I do?' " Curry said during his exit interview at Golden State's practice facility Wednesday afternoon.

This should quiet speculation James wants to leave the Cavaliers for another team like the Lakers, which most fans and sports analysts believe to be an obvious move for him. Absolutely. With that said, Golden State's luxury tax bill could become rather insane in the near future and it would be in the best interest of the organization to lock up Iguodala for a potentially more lucrative deal on an annual basis while keeping the length of the contract to a two-to-three year number.

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As for the winners' circle, San Francisco and the Bay Area masturbated just a smidge less than normal during the game, and their numbers returned to an average rate after their team won. Charles Barkley made an over-the-phone appearance, congratulating the Warriors and their fans by telling them "I told you a jump-shooting team couldn't win a championship". The parade wound through downtown Oakland, where fans in Warriors shirts and hats cheered their favorite players.

On the other hand, Green told reporters that the t-shirt only reflects the Warriors' quick victory against the Cavs. Green said James had started the super team concept.

James teamed up with All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat to win his first championship in 2012.

"We're going to do what our leader [Curry] does", Iguodala said earlier in the week.

Make no mistake about it - the Warriors didn't get Durant by accident or luck. "You've got people of every race, color, religion, creed, whatever, and everybody's just coming together and loving this team".

As for Steph Curry, whose production far outweighed his four-year, $44 million deal signed after his rookie contract, the two-time MVP is eligible for the designated veteran player's maximum, which allows teams to pay players who met specific criteria 35% of the salary cap before that player reaches 10 years of service. If this Golden State team stays together, it's hard to see how they will lose for the next few years.

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