If I told you at the beginning of the season that Finals MVP Andre Iguodala would be on Jimmy Kimmel Live in June, 2015, then what would you have said?
It happened last night and the sit-down was an enjoyable chat about Iguodala’s crazy week after winning the title last Tuesday. He shares the adorable story of his son making him and NBA Finals Trophy for Father’s Day (in April), what it’s like to guard LeBron, and my favorite: the Gold, Silver, and Bronze for the Turn-Up Rankings on the Warriors’ celebratory trip to Vegas. Enjoy!
Nillz, Mitch & E take a look back at the NBA Finals where LeBron impressed even his harshest critics. We also discuss the 2015 Champion Warriors and eventually get to some Bulls news concerning Jimmy Butler’s restricted free agency.
Last night, Steph Curry, Finals MVP Andre Iguodala and the Golden State Warriors closed out the NBA season in style by winning the franchise’s first NBA title in 40 years!
The thrilling Finals concluded with a 105-97 win in Cleveland as the Warriors won the series 4-2. As someone who followed this team almost as closely as the hometown Bulls this season, I am very happy for Dub Nation and their long-suffering fanbase to get the ship. I streamed Warriors games on my second monitor and stayed up late on TNT Thursdays because Steph became must-watch TV, but really it was their entire team too. I loved the offense Steve Kerr instilled and how role players like Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala played their parts. Klay Thompson’s added firepower and all-star level jump was a great storyline throughout the season too (37 in a quarter, still so crazy.) So all in all, the Warriors became my personal 2nd team, west coast team, what have you… and simply the most fun team in the league this season. Congrats again to a true team and loyal fanbase!
(Only fitting I landed in San Francisco last night, going from one title town to the next! I avoided the craziness downtown, but the SF airport was draped in blue and yellow and KMEL was shouting out the Warriors between classic Tupac songs on his birthday. That’s a great culture experience in itself. I’ll be blogging from the Bay for the next couple weeks so holla at ya boy… or just keep checking the site :))
Of all the 90s nostalgic things you can send my way, this probably is #1.
And thanks to the always undefeated internet, you can get your NBA on NBC intro for tonight‘s Game 1 of Warriors-Cavs up above.
Can you guess what Finals Marv is actually previewing… that translates nearly flawlessly for 2015? (Answer below.)
Meanwhile, a couple more videos to get you amped…
How about the time when Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving dueled in Cleveland, pre-LeBron, down to the wire with nearly 30 points each? I hope we see some of that tonight and throughout this series.
Also, I haven’t had a chance to watch all of 286 3-pointers from Steph Curry until today. I know, I’m slacking, but here’s literally every one. (And an amazing statistical article from Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry that makes Curry even more unbelievable.)
Answer: 2001 Lakers vs. Sixers, led by MVP Allen Iverson. Soooo is Steph Curry going to step over Matthew Dellavedova after a corner 3 tonight? That’s one random thing I’d bet on. I’d also bet on the Warriors… in 5, let’s be bold.
That’s Curry’s 2nd iconic shot of the playoffs and the stage is only going to get bigger and brighter as the Warriors closed out Game 6 in Memphis and advanced to their first conference finals since… 1975. Wow.
Not only did Curry hit the unbelievable shot, but he also poured in a playoff career-high 8 3-pointers and 32 points overall (not to mention 10 times.) All of the highlights are worth a look-see above (via @DawkinsMTA), as really all his 3s and dribble moves are pretty incredible. Subtly too… the Klay buckets Curry assisted on were deadly too. I got the Splash Bros. & Co. as the favorites taking down the title this time next month, how bout you?
BONUS: Draymond Green asks himself a question at the podium with Steph, and Steph’s reaction is like all of ours.