Kevin Durant finds joy, camaraderie in Warriors' championship run

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The Warriors finished off the Cavaliers in Game 5 to capture their second NBA championship in three years. Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP.
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OAKLAND – Some 17 years before Kevin Durant finally became an NBA champion – a Finals MVP no less for this Golden State Warriors team that fulfilled its super team destiny over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night – he almost quit.

The thought crossed his middle school mind at different times over the span of two years, when the gangly kid from Seat Pleasant, Md. grew so tired of all those grueling training sessions with his Godfather, Taras “Stink” Brown, that he wondered if it was all worth it. He had been sleeping and studying in the Seat Pleasant Recreation Center corners during those days, doing all he could to take his game to another level and gain the kind of notice from elite high school coaches in the area that was curiously missing.

“As a kid, you want to play and have fun…

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