NBA Finals: Stephen Curry didn't need it, but his fourth Warriors championship ended any doubts.
Stephen Curry was still for the first time in these NBA Finals. The man who couldn't be stopped by the league's greatest defence was suddenly paralysed, and his father absorbed his son's tears.
These weren't happy or relieved tears. Doubt.
The saddest part of becoming a champion is knowing you won't get there again
that the league you helped establish is moving on without you, praising you for your contributions but dismissing the idea of you playing another major game.
Or having reservations about a career despite a stellar resume.
Curry's legacy was safe. What's his standing among his peers now?
What happens when the league adopts your playbook, adapts to you, and sprints past you?
If you're the "Petty King," you lick your wounds, seethe, and regroup.
Curry told Yahoo Sports that he has three green "Ayesha can't cook" shirts in the locker room. It's great. You're here. It's give-and-take. You're all-in. Thanks!"
Magic Johnson was the only quarterback to win a title in Boston on the parquet floor in front of Curry's boorish supporters.
Curry defeated a weary Boston Celtics team that vacillated from upstarts to contenders who put themselves in the Warriors' luggage back to San Francisco.
Before Curry's tears, he had to silence the haters. He cornered the Celtics and pounded them with haymakers.
The team with the strongest will and best sense of identity at the start of the year was TKO'd by the side least predicted to be here – not just this year, but ever.
Curry, who teams feared may be worn out by the game's violence, was standing stronger as the evening dragged on, confident enough to taunt the Celtics in the second quarter.
The irony isn't lost on him, the man who confesses he hears everything from "system player" to "zero" to imply how many titles he'd win after signing a max agreement last year.
Curry: "Go back two years." “Conversations, storylines, we're 'too old,' parallel timeframes of developing young men and keeping our core together, all those painful decisions weigh on you for as long as we're going through it.
Then you reach the final line, and I think this one is different because of the three years of baggage we carried from Game 6 in 2019.