After a record-breaking postseason led the Golden State Warriors to their second NBA championship in three years, there was only one thing left for star point guard Steph Curry to do: light up a cigar.
The now two-time NBA champion left the locker room celebration at Oakland's Oracle Arena last night puffing a cigar as he sat down for a post-game interview. The smoke, according to Curry, had a special significance.
"The backstory is after Game 7 last year, I told one of my close friends to save this for a year from now to be able to enjoy the process and journey," Curry told NBA TV after the Warriors' Game 5 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I've been waiting a whole year to smoke this. So I'm going to enjoy every last bit of this butt."
The Warriors suffered a debilitating loss in last year's Finals, losing Game 7 to the Cavaliers after leading the series 3-1 and watching Lebron James light up his victory cigar inside the Warriors' home arena.
But it was Curry—along with teammates Kevin Durant (who was named Finals MVP), Draymond Green and Klay Thompson—who had the last laugh in 2017. The Warriors and the Cavaliers have faced off in the Finals three years in a row; Golden State has now won two of those championships.
Golden State's 16-1 playoff record is the best in NBA history. They also became the first team to score at least 100 points in every playoff game.
As Curry sat down to address the panel of broadcasters, shooting guard Klay Thompson chimed in on his cigar. "That looks delicious by the way, Steph," he said.
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