Steph Curry was admittedly hurt watching the Cavaliers celebrate their championship.
Curry, who was the unanimous NBA Most Valuable Player on a Golden State Warriors team that won an NBA record 73 regular season games, was bested by LeBron James in a contentious seven game 2016 NBA Finals.
“The competition was amazing in the series, and that’s what basketball’s all about, so win or lose, you appreciate the stage we were on and just that back and forth that we live for,” remarked Curry.
After the seventh game, Curry and teammate, Andre Iguodala, stayed and watched the Cleveland celebrate their championship on the Golden State home court.
This comes one year after Curry and Iguodala defeated an injury-depleted Cavaliers team for the 2015 NBA Championship in six games.
“We’ve obviously been on the other side of the situation last year, and know how great a feeling that is when you accomplish your goal,” said Curry . “I think me and [Andre] were kind of just waiting for it to calm down a little bit so we could congratulate the individual guys.”
Curry will now have to wait until next year to quench any further championship aspirations as he has declined his invitation from U.S. Men’s Basketball to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“At the end of the day, you congratulate [Cleveland] for accomplishing what they set out to do, and it will be a good image for us over the summer and all next season to remember so that we can come back stronger. That’s all you can do,” reasoned Curry.