But for Kevin Durant, the moment - the moment when he finally could stop talking about living in the moment and not thinking about record-setting runs or places in history - came with 55 seconds to play in Monday night's Game 5 of the NBA Finals when he bent over, folding his almost 7-foot frame near midcourt.
(AP Photo/Josh Edelson). Fans light fireworks on a street in downtown Oakland, Calif., after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday June 12, 2017.
He was vilified in 2010 when he left the Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat where he won two National Basketball Association titles before returning to Cleveland four years later and delivering the city their first National Basketball Association championship in 2016.
All eyes were on Steph Curry as the Golden State Warriors clinched a game five victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to secure the NBA Championship, but the attention quickly turned to the basketball star's two adorable daughters once the confetti came down. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in the clincher.
"Steve and I had an interesting conversation this morning in shoot-around", Iguodala said late Monday.
Kerr missed 11 games during the Warriors' 2017 playoff run because of complications stemming from back surgery in 2015.
However, Kevin Durant was one win away from validating his highly criticized move last summer when he made a decision to join what most already considered a "SuperTeam". LeBron James has 33 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who have fought valiantly but have not been able to find an answer for Durant. Cavaliers SF LeBron James played in his 217th career postseason game, moving past C Shaquille O'Neal for seventh place on the all-time list. I'm happy for him. "This was the culmination of a year where (Durant and Curry) grew together and learned each other's games and got better and better all year". Either way, the future of James in Cleveland will once again hang over the game's greatest player.
"We're obviously just getting started", Curry said. "None of them. The ball's going to find who it needs to find at the end of the day, and that's those three guys".
Ten years after becoming the No. 2 draft pick behind Greg Oden, Durant has reached the pinnacle. "I'm so happy Kevin has broken through and there's more to come from him".
On what it felt like to lose to the Warriors in the Finals in five games: "I left everything on the floor every game, all five games".
The Warriors, once again, showed their team depth with Andre Iguodala scoring 20 off the bench, including several emphatic dunks and three-point shots that seemed to rejuvenate the Warriors and their fans. Anyone who says he sucks or is overrated is simply player hating. So for me personally, I have nothing to be-I have no reason to put my head down. It is the third title for the franchise since they relocated to the Bay Area in 1962 and fifth overall. They will make moves, get better as fast as they can, and hope a break or two falls their way.