The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors arguably are the greatest team in NBA history.
They nearly swept through the entire postseason, before dropping Game 4 of the NBA Finals on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Winning the championship, of course, was not a surprise to anybody -- especially the Warriors themselves.
“I think the first championship just kind of came out of nowhere. Deep down, I think we weren’t really sure in 2015 that we could win it," coach Steve Kerr recently said to Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group. "We were trying to convince ourselves that we could, but we didn’t really know.
"And whereas in ’17 we knew we were the best team in the world, and we knew we were going to win the championship. We had the champion’s confidence for winning in ’15 and then we had Kevin Durant. So it’s like a totally different level of belief.”
Yeah, that KD guy was pretty, pretty, pretty good (Larry David voice).
He averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals, while shooting nearly 56 percent from the field and better than 47 percent from deep.
Kevin Durant in Game 2 of the 2017 Finals = 33 points (13-for-22, 4-for-8 3s), 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks. Holy f’ing sh** he was unreal amazing pic.twitter.com/apHkfo3tZm— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 27, 2020
Kevin Durant. Hahaha. Just silly. The Basketball Gods better return him to full strength pic.twitter.com/oSjd0ryzou— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 27, 2020
It's insane to think about the fact that about three-and-a-half months prior to hoisting the NBA Finals MVP trophy, Durant was told that his season was over after injuring his knee against the Washington Wizards on Feb. 28.
"The first diagnosis we got was that I broke my leg -- fractured my tibia," he said on The Bill Simmons Podcast in late March 2017. "And that's a four or five month recovery ... I just bust out crying ... this is my first year with the team, we're playing very well at the time. I was playing well individually. It was definitely a good time for our team.
"I wrapped my mind around this long recovery and what it's gonna take for me to get back. And then we got a call like, 'We checked the scans again ...' and they told me it was just a bruise there and I sprained my MCL.
"And that reaction in the car was like second to none. That emotional roller coaster was something out of a movie."
That's some wild stuff.