Messi, Neymar and Barcelona congratulate National Basketball Association champions Warriors

But none of that mattered.

After the Game 7 loss last season, Curry says he asked a friend to save his celebratory cigar for this season. Their win in Game 4 nearly shook the Warriors' confidence, but not their spirit. He, along with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, took LeBron James and the Miami Heat to five games in 2012. They will make moves, get better as fast as they can, and hope a break or two falls their way.

The Warriors sealed a 129-120 victory on Monday to take their second title in the last three seasons and to cap a smooth run through the playoffs.

"I'm not the GM of the team", James said. The Warriors won a league-record 14 consecutive games during this year's playoffs and went 16-1 overall in the postseason.

According to several reports, the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors have decided as a team not to visit the White House, as is customary.

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.

The Warriors attended the White House ceremony after their championship win in 2015 when President Barack Obama was in office.

Is Golden State the greatest team ever? That's a far cry from boasting All-Stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the court alongside Curry and Durant.

Golden State took the best-of-seven series 4-1, reclaiming the throne they lost to the Cavaliers a year ago. Cavs fans are devastated after the season ended. Once the Warriors signed Finals MVP Kevin Durant last summer, they became a powerhouse team. Rather than shrinking under the pressure of trying to claim his first title playing on a heavily favoured team, Durant has risen to the occasion with an outward calm, topping 30 points in every game of the series.

"But we're champions and it's awesome doing it on our home court".

Durant is not wrong.

Kevin Durant is doing just that.

When it was all over, Curry looked back on a turning point in his approach during the season. "Adding (George) to the mix might be the closest thing we could see to another team challenging (Golden State) next year", Sherman said, before adding that the Warriors would still be the favourites. It's not a facade. "You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day". He really is like that.

"I'm happy for him".

"I mean, come on, you got a bunch of guys who are talented and can shoot and pass and dribble, and they're unselfish", Kerr said.

The list of potential difference-making wing targets isn't that long: Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo are both untouchable, Carmelo Anthony definitely doesn't fit the bill, and Gordon Hayward is a max-level free agent. This isn't a "Trade Love because he sucks!" decision, but rather a "Trade Love because matching up with Durant's Warriors demands it" decision.

Kevin Durant, the Golden State top scorer was particularly effusive in his praise of the 32-year-old. Greatness is often not appreciated until we have perspective. The championship was the 17th won by a San Francisco Bay Area franchise in baseball, basketball or football.