Jun 17, 2015The best postgame quotes from the Warriors’ NBA Finals victory
Here are some of the best quotes from key members of the Golden State Warriors following their NBA Finals victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On whether the win validates that his system works …
Yeah, I know there’s been all this talk this year especially about the 3Ì¢âÂÛ÷point shot and can you win shooting it. There’s a lot of different styles that can work. You have to base it on your own personnel.
But I think what was probably overlooked all year long was that what really wins is the combination of great offense and great defense. We had the No. 1 defense in the league. We had the highest scoring team in the league. We were No. 1 in assists. We were No. 1 in field goal percentage defense.
When you get that combination, then you’re going to be pretty good. Whether you’re shooting threes or twos, it’s about the balance. To win a title, you have to be able to make stops. You’ve got to string stops together at crucial times, and you’ve got to find ways to score.
Our team, because of our depth and our talent, we were able to do that, and it turned into a special season as a result.
On Andre Iguodala coming off the bench nearly all season to win series MVP …
You could make an argument that it could have gone to Steph, it could have gone to LeBron. But for us, it’s really fitting that the award went to Andre because he sacrificed his starting role from the first game of the season. He had never come off the bench once in his entire career, and he sacrificed that job to make Harrison better, to make our bench better, and that set the tone for our whole season. An AllÌ¢âÂÛ÷Star, an Olympian saying, okay, I’ll come off the bench.
It set the tone for everything we were able to accomplish, so it feels like full circle to me that Andre received the award. Couldn’t happen to a better person.
On how a young team is so humble and unselfish …
Well, it speaks to the character of the players more than anything. Bob Myers and his staff have done an incredible job of putting together this roster. I was well aware of the versatility that the roster had, but as I got to know the players I realized they had what it took spiritually, emotionally. They were united. They wanted to win. They were close.
The last couple years they’ve been good, but it’s just a great group of guys, and they were willing to take the vision that we gave them in the beginning of the season, and we started off really well, which I think helped. But as I mentioned, Andre’s sacrifice, David Lee’s sacrifice, their willingness to accept roles and keep pushing really was the key to the whole thing.
On winning a title as a coach versus winning one as a player …