The Warriors won the NBA title on Monday night.
The team partied late into the night and into the morning.
Is there a specific moment from the celebration that Steve Kerr will remember the most?
"The party was great but what I'm gonna remember -- the thing that's gonna jump out -- is my exchange with JaVale McGee as the stage was being set on the court, literally minutes after the buzzer sounded," Kerr revealed on The Lowe Post Podcast. "JaVale came up to me -- he was hugging his daugther, his daugther is about six months old I think -- and he was bawling. He was bawling.
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"He just came over to me and gave me a huge hug and he just told me how happy he was and how much he loved the team and the season he just had and how meaningful it was. And that's what will jump out."
McGee's playing time in the NBA Finals:
- Game 1 = 5:32
- Game 2 = 2:46
- Game 3 = 7:57
- Game 4 = 6:08
- Game 5 = DNP-CD
"And this is a guy who I didn't play in Game 5," Kerr continued. "I told (him) before the game, I said 'I'm not gonna play you because we're gonna go small most of the game and tighten up our pick-and-roll coverage.' And here's a guy who is just so happy to be a part of it.
"And to me that kind of symbolizes what our team was about -- just the selflessness and how many good guys there are. But JaVale in particular, I just have a soft spot for him. He's an amazing guy and a great teammate."
McGee will be an unrestricted free agent in July after playing for the veteran's minimum this season.
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller
The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.
Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.
The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.
Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.
The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.
Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.
The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.
The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.
Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.
Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.
Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."
Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.
The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.