Curry to pass on White House celebration visit

Durant was once again the best player on the floor for the Warriors on Monday, hitting some timely three-pointers en route to a team-high 39 points.

For the third year in a row, LeBron James powered the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks at a news conference after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to.

As much as the Golden State Warrior's particular brand of metronomic perfection arguably took much of the fun out of the National Basketball Association postseason, hoops fans didn't seem put off by the Dubs' relentless march to victory.

The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals a year ago and lost the title to the Cleveland Cavaliers after posting the best regular-season record in National Basketball Association history.

"It would mean everything. What we've built here is truly special, it's unique, it's something that you don't want to see end at all", Curry said. And the different kind of ceremonies and traditions that have happened around championship-winning teams, we don't want that to taint what we've accomplished this year. It is a business. There are decisions that need to be made every single year and you've got to assess the situation as it is.

It also created lofty expectations for Durant, with many onlookers saying his move would be a failure if the Warriors did not go on to win a title in their first season together. (The Cavs also didn't do the cable networks any favors, as they advanced to the Finals after appearing in just 13 playoff games.) With Durant in the lineup, Golden State this postseason played in just 17 of 28 possible games, whereas last year's team took a more scenic route to the finals, grinding out 24 of 28 possible games.

The Warriors are an unselfish collection of big-time players.

It is a tradition in the United States that professional sports teams visit the White House as the Chicago Cubs did in January when they spent time with President Barack Obama after capturing their 2016 Major League Baseball title.

"Oakland represents all of us", Kerr told KTVU.

The group that recruited Durant in the Hamptons that day last summer has the same philosophy about winning more championships.

And then Kevin Durant or Steph Curry or Klay Thompson or Dramond Green or Andre Iguodala would hit a shot that, regardless of the degree of difficulty, looked easy.

"But obviously, as a team, we're going to have a conversation", Curry said. The scariest part? The core talent behind Golden State's success are all under 30, all in their prime, all confident in their success together, and all likely to improve on-court team chemistry as time passes. I'll have that mindset, KD's going to have that mindset, I know Dre, Shaun, all the guys that are up for negotiating a new contract.

  • Julie Sanders