Biggest LeBron disappointment is not winning title for teammates Korver, Williamses

But in the featured matchup of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant had his rival in the only area he cared about: wins.

The Warriors followed up their 2015 title by winning a record 73 regular-season games in the 2015-16 campaign, but stumbled with a 3-1 finals lead and fell victim to the greatest comeback in finals history by Cleveland. They're still championship caliber, but a step or two behind a glittering Golden State team that went 81-18 in Durant's first season and built for the long haul. If you give all your effort and all the fight and all the heart you got, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win.

Hate it or love it, after falling short for almost a decade falling short and electing to trade in his Oklahoma City jersey for one of the golden variety, Kevin Durant is finally an National Basketball Association champion.

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal.

Though LeBron didn't define what qualifies as a super team, it's fair to say the 2016-17 Warriors aren't the first the league has seen.

With the Cavs all floating his way, Durant fired a crosscourt pass to Andre Iguodala for a three-pointer that pushed the lead to eight.

Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State closed out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago.

Last June, it was the final minutes of Game 4, when James tossed Draymond Green to the floor and stepped right over him disrespectfully, an act of a desperate man trying to give his team any advantage. The 7-foot (2.13 m) small forward and 2017 Finals MVP has said that after his controversial decision leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Warriors last offseason, he is not eager to move again. I hope we're a little more nervous.

They could outrun teams like the Showtime Lakers and outgun them like Michael Jordan's Bulls - and the Golden State Warriors had a more dominant postseason than either. After the Warriors re-sign Curry and Durant this summer, the core of this team will all be under 30 and locked up for two more years.

"I think our guys just did a good job of hanging in there", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Durant wants his first championship. "They're assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they're right up there". "But for us to have these conversations that we had nearly a year ago and now being in this position, worth every shot we took in practice, fighting through injuries that he had this year, and it's an unbelievable feeling". "Nothing you can look back on and now we just got to prepare and get ready again".

LeBron James did all that he could to extend the season and had some help from J.R. Smith. The Eastern Conference champs believed going into the series that they could rattle the star-studded Dubs, that the 67-win juggernaut would burst when pressured. "It's just making the most of the opportunity that was in front of us".

  • Julie Sanders