If there’s anyone who’s used to the festivities of an NBA championship celebration, it’s Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
With the Warriors beating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, Kerr claimed his ninth title as each a player and coach.
As expected, the Warriors partied hard at TD Garden on Boston late Thursday, on the after-party within the early hours of Friday morning and on the plane ride back to the Bay Area later within the day.
Upon landing at San Francisco International Airport, Kerr walked over to confer with reporters and was asked how he was feeling.
“I’m not going to lie. I’m hungover without delay,” Kerr said with fun. “We had an ideal night last night. We had an incredible night. A late night but a special one just celebrating with the team, the families. Just an attractive night.”
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Kerr and the Warriors weren’t predicted to win the title when the 2021-22 season began, they usually entered the postseason because the No. 3 seed within the Western Conference. Their roster wasn’t healthy at the tip of the regular season, so the coaching staff wasn’t sure how the team would come together once the playoffs began.
But similar to old times, a roster led by Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green gelled quickly, they usually summoned their championship DNA to battle their way through the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and Celtics en path to their fourth title in eight seasons.
“This one was essentially the most unlikely championship of the 4 that we have had here,” Kerr said. “In numerous ways, just incredibly meaningful because people didn’t really expect it. And we weren’t really sure when the season began if we could do it. So all of it got here together and we went on an ideal run and I’m just thrilled for everyone.”
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Kerr and everybody within the Warriors organization will get a well-deserved weekend of rest before celebrating with Dub Nation during a parade in San Francisco on Monday.