- Steve Kerr and Andre Iguodala kept saying the Warriors had to win the championship “for” Steph Curry.
- Kerr praised Curry’s humility and leadership, calling him “the reason” for the Warriors’ success.
- Curry was emotional after a dominating Finals that earned him his first Finals MVP.
Steve Kerr really wanted Stephen Curry to win this championship.
The Golden State Warriors closed out the Finals against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, winning their fourth championship in eight years. It was a remarkable comeback, as the Warriors have missed the playoffs for the past two years due to injuries and roster turnover.
After Game 6, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt asked Kerr about Curry breaking down in tears as the Warriors won the championship. Kerr paid tribute to Curry’s leadership and said he wanted to win “for” Curry.
“Andre Iguodala and I spoke last week and all we could say to each other was, ‘We have to do this for Steph. It’s for Steph,” Kerr said. “Which is ironic because he’s doing it for us.
“But we wanted him so badly for Steph because as great as the organization is – ownership, front office, great talent on our roster, amazing players – Steph is the reason for this decade. He really is.”
Describing Curry as a “transcendent athlete and human being”, Kerr added: “I’ve compared him to Tim Duncan a million times. He has this kind of humility and confidence in one, it makes everyone in this locker room everything I want to fight for him. He’s amazing and I couldn’t be happier for him.
Earlier in the night, Kerr called that championship the defining achievement of Curry’s career. Curry also won the Finals MVP for the first time.
Curry had a dominant NBA Finals, averaging 31 points per game on 48% shooting, 43% from three-pointers. Curry carried the Warriors at times, such as in a critical Game 4 in Boston when Curry had 43 points while making seven three-pointers as the Warriors tied the series, 2-2.
After a quiet victory in Game 5 at San Francisco, Curry came back alive in Game 6, scoring 34 points on 12-for-21 shooting, 6-for-11 for three. He also added 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
Curry was emotional for several moments after the game, celebrating passionately with teammates, coaches and family. In a postgame interview with ESPN, Curry said no one expected the Warriors to become Finals champions again.
Kerr admitted this to Van Pelt.
“Especially after what we’ve been through for the past two years. We had the worst record in the league two years ago, decimated by injuries and departures,” Kerr said. “For this group to come back here – I’m not sure we ever knew we could do it. We were hoping we could do it, but we didn’t know. So it’s pretty amazing.”
Kerr often praised Curry’s leadership and humility.
Meanwhile, Curry expressed similar sentiments about his head coach. During a podcast interview last season, Curry admitted that Kerr won him over when he became head coach in 2014 by being humble and emphasizing that he wanted to help improve the team.
The result was a dominant run matched by few others and an all-time excellent coach-player partnership.