Golden State Warriors 2014-15 NBA Champions

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 :))

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Golden State Warriors, 2015 #NBAFinals Champions. Salute!

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Kanye West calls into Hot 97

Amongst the topics from the impromptu call-in from Kanye today:

– Wanting to see Steph Curry in the Yeezys

– Quelling rumors that he kicked out people at Chuck-E-Cheese

– His basketball birthday bash

– The gender of his upcoming baby (he won’t reveal it)

– Most interestingly: hinting at new music next week for North West’s birthday (!)

We shall see. Until then… the audio and some tweets below.

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#TBT Warriors-Cavs NBA on NBC Intro

Ah, the glory days of the NBA on NBC intro.

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.

Riley Curry sings “Blessings”

The star of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t Steph, it was Riley Curry.

The adorable 2-year old daughter of Steph made another instant viral appearance at the podium on the heels of the Warriors’ series-clinching W.

The hip hop connection: Waaaay up I feel blessed. Drake was quick to take note too. Haha. Everything above/below… so great.

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Also in the house for the Warriors win: Kanye West & Lil B.

Ye took in the action from the front row as guest of Warriors owner Peter Gruber. Lil B was there to root on his Golden State Warriors and levy his curse against James Harden in person. It worked. Harden had an NBA Playoff record 13 turnovers. Hah, pretty great.

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Steph Curry G6 Full Highlights vs. Grizzlies

I think tonight is the night where Steph-Mania took even another step forward. Twitter, ESPN, even a few texts from friends… it all happened tonite.

Largely because of this 62-foot flicka da the wrist to beat the 3rd quarter buzzer and swing the momentum permanently to the Warriors’ side…

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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.

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Also, this Steph Curry E:60 piece looks good.

Curry One MVP Limited Edition

We’ll lead off Steph Curry MVP Day with the shoes as UnderArmour released a new colorway of the Curry One — the MVP Limited Edition PE. As you can see, we get a sleek black and white gradient exterior with the gold/bronze accents that make the shoe complete. Along with it in the gallery is the UA #SC30MVP Tee with the “I can do all things” message on the sleeve and “Charged by Belief” on the back. I love the bible verse that Curry promotes on his shoes (Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me) and it’s cool to see it on the tee and again on the shoe (the 4:13).

The 4:13 also appears on the Curry One Away version, which I bought last month as my new shoe for hooping. Quick aside, but in addition to the spirit of the shoe, aesthetically the black and yellow camo pattern looks sleek, and of course just as important: I’m really impressed with the performance of the shoe. I’ve never had a basketball shoe this light, with the breathability it has. The UA Undeniable socks match well for the shoe’s breathability because my feet actually feel some breeze in the heat of playing. I’m a player that needs high tops too and the ankle support on the Curry One is also unmatched to the point that I don’t need to wear ankle braces anymore. Finally, probably the coolest part of the shoe is UA’s Anafoam technology because after a couple of wears, the exterior of the shoe actually forms to your foot. You see a noticeable change on the shape of the shoe caving in and around your foot. It feels snug, and hey, looks cool too.

At this point, you may feel like this is an advertisement and I swear it’s not. I just love all things about the shoe and even though it feels weird not to rep D. Rose for once, Steph Curry has grown to be a favorite player of mine at Rose’s level (prolly them 2 and Jimmy Butler.)

Definitely gonna see if I can cop this new MVP colorway though when it drops June 13th.

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UnderArmour also released a new spot for Curry’s MVP win today with Bill Russell narrating a classic story that we can all draw motivation from. Chilling.

How bout the MVP speech itself? ICYMI earlier today, Steph delivered a 40 minute speech thanking his family, friends, coaching staff and organization, and each individual teammate. I streamed it at the time and I couldn’t take my attention away from it with Steph speaking from the heart about all of the above.

If pressed for time, two of the more viral highlights are Steph’s last statement and Draymond Green hilariously posing as a reporter.

“You don’t have to live anybody else’s story. Sometimes people make it seem like you have to have certain prerequisites or a crazy life story in order to be successful in this world. But the truth is you really don’t. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what you have or don’t have, what you lack or what you have too much of, but all you need to have is faith in God, an undying passion for what you do and what you choose to do in this life, and a relentless drive and the will to do whatever it takes to be successful in whatever you put your mind to.

Make sure you live in the moment and work your butt off every single day, and I hope I inspire people all around the world to just be themselves, be humble, and be grateful for all the blessings in your life. I’m truly honored to be your MVP this year. Thank you very much.”

– Steph Curry

BONUS: All 286 of Steph Curry’s record-breaking 3-Pointers. Hey, we need some hoop highlights if we’re going all out here.

ICYMI: Warriors-Grizz talk in my new Gowhere NBA Awards: Playoff Edition

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My Curry One Away:

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