Warriors’ Draymond Green explains why 2015 title is better than 2 championships with Kevin Durant
Green admitted the 2017 and 2018 titles were a little too easy with Durant in the fold. The former Defensive Player of the Year also explained during the TNT pregame show on Friday that the Warriors had to grind really hard to win the 2015 championship over LeBron James and the Cavs.
Charles Barkley puts Draymond Green on the spot and asks him if the championship the Warriors won in 2015 was “better” than the two they won with Kevin Durant.
Draymond’s answer ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Pj12OOUyAj
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Draymond Green and the Warriors defeated the Cavs in the 2015 Finals in six games for the first ring in the Stephen Curry era. Andre Iguodala won Finals MVP over Curry, though.
However, it’s worth mentioning that the Cavs played the 2015 Finals without Kevin Love, as he was out with a dislocated shoulder. Cavs superstar point guard Kyrie Irving also missed Games 2-6 after suffering a serious knee injury in Game 1 following a collision with Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.
Golden State won an NBA record 73 games during the 2015-16 regular season following the 2015 championship. However, they weren’t able to cap off the historic campaign with a ring, as the Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead to LeBron and the Cavs in the 2016 Finals.
After the Warriors lost to the Cavs in 2016, Draymond Green called Kevin Durant from the arena parking lot, urging KD to join the Dubs in free agency. Golden State easily won the 2017 and 2018 titles, with Durant winning Finals MVPs in both years.
The Dubs finished the 2019-20 season with the worst record in the NBA before games were suspended in March due to COVID-19. With that said, expect the Warriors to be back in the playoffs next season with Curry, Thompson and Green leading the way.