Stephen Curry (playmaker, Finals MVP) after Golden State’s victory over Boston in Game 6: “Why do you start with this question? (a journalist asks him what it means to be MVP of the final) We have four titles. God is big. This one is different. Injuries, roster changes. It is special. All the work, all the faith that it took to get back to this level. Everyone counted. I’m proud of everyone. These last two months, these last three years, these last forty-eight hours have been an emotional roller coaster on and off the court. You carry these things with you every day to try to fulfill a dream like tonight. Just thinking back to all the times we went through to get here, individually and collectively, gives me goosebumps. […] And when we started the season, I clearly remember the pundits putting a big zero in front of the number of our upcoming titles because of what we went through. But we did it! »
The number of points scored by Steph Curry in Game 6, synonymous with the title. He finished the game at 6/11 with three points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 against.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr: “First I want to congratulate the Celtics on a great streak. They have been amazing. Their defense, their length, their toughness, they’ve got us on the ropes in this series. We lost twice in the final, I know what it is, you end up devastated. All titles are unique, special. This is perhaps the most unlikely given where we were two years ago. There were so many unknowns, Klay’s injuries, Steph’s at the end of the season, a lot of young players. Stephen? What he does with his height is so different from the traditional big players in this league. I said it before, he reminds me of Tim Duncan. Totally different players but close in terms of their humanity, their talent, their humility, their confidence. This wonderful combination makes everyone want to win for him. The owners have built an incredible organization. Bob Myers is one hell of a general manager. We had a lot of great players. But without Steph, none of this happens. Like Timmy in San Antonio. So I’m happy for everyone but happy for Steph. All he needs is an Olympic gold medal. He really needs to prepare to be on the 2024 Olympics team. Sorry, I couldn’t resist (he will coach the American team in Paris). »
Klay Thompson (12 points at 5/20, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals): “I’m going to dance a lot this summer. Dancing machine! Man, I was so happy that I didn’t want to leave the stage. I know how hard it is to be here, so coming here for the fourth time… I felt it at the start of the season. People said I was crazy. But we started with an 18-2 playing the style of basketball that has led us to such success. Knowing that I was going to fit into this group, we had a chance to do something special. I’m glad Steph is Finals MVP. There were clowns to say he “needed” it. He has amply proven what he is capable of. He’s one of the biggest and he took us in his wake. What series. »
Draymond Green (12 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks): “When you have such a sexy offense, with guys shooting as well as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole, obviously that’s what people are going to appreciate. But we beat this team thanks to our defense and that’s a constant. Did they score 100 points tonight? You don’t win a title without a great defense. We know it. We are proud of our defensive work which then allows our attack to shine. »
Andre Iguodala (only one minute of play): “Steph solidified his status as the greatest point guard of all time. Historically, not many teams have achieved what we have achieved. The Celtics of course, the Lakers, the Bulls. The Spurs, it was a little less close. Stephen? Never has a guy his size dominated the league like he has and he carried the weight of our journey on his shoulders. We all saw what he did to the Celtics. Normally it’s a pivot, like Hakeem or a Kobe Bryant, a LeBron James, guys two meters or more. When he is gone, we will miss him and realize his impact, not just on the Warriors or the NBA but on the globe. It’s as if he had moved the planet. »
Andrew Wiggins (18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 4 steals): “It takes so much work, so much time to get there. There is nothing equivalent. So I’m going to celebrate like crazy. My daughter is there. She is three years old, she will not remember anything but these memories will last all my life. I wanted to prove a lot of people wrong. People will be able to say what they want about me but they will also have to mention that I am world champion! »
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