Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry is now a four-time NBA champion but the fourth ring is different compared to others. Between 2015 and 2019, the Warriors made five consecutive NBA Finals. In those five NBA Finals, the Warriors won three titles.
In the 2019 NBA Finals, the Warriors lost Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant to injuries as the Toronto Raptors won the title. Three years later, the Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics 103-90 to close out the series in six games and win their fourth titles in the last eight years.
"This one is definitely different because of the three years of baggage we carried coming out of that Game 6 in 2019," Curry said. "I can say it now, I don't know how many teams could carry that as long as we have with the expectations of comparing us now to teams of past and make it to the mountaintop again."
Curry led the Warriors to the NBA title
In Game 6, Curry dropped 34 points, had seven rebounds and seven assists. Curry was great throughout the entire playoffs and on Thursday he was named the NBA Finals MVP. At the start of the season, the Warriors weren't really viewed as a top contender for the title.
Nine months later, the Warriors are the champions of the 2021/22 season. "The conversations about who we were as a team and what we were capable of, we hear all that, and you carry it all and you try to maintain your purpose, not let it distract you, but you carry that weight.
And to get here, it all comes out. It's special," Curry said. Thompson, who returned to action this season after missing the past two full seasons, was glad that the Warriors were able to silence their doubters. "People called me crazy.
I said championship or bust because I saw how we came out of the gates," Thompson said. "I knew we had a chance to do something special, and here we are. It's so incredible. Wow." Curry, Thompson and the rest of company went out and proved that they are still here and definitely capable of winning.
"A lot of chatter. A lot of doubters. But you know what, you just put that in your fuel tank and you just keep going. And it does definitely hit different," Thompson said. "I've got a memory like an elephant. I don't forget. There were a lot of people kicking us down."