Steve Kerr said this season's NBA title was the toughest by far after the Warriors claimed their second consecutive championship Friday.
The Warriors easily defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 to seal a series sweep on the road at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Warriors were forced to do it the hard way after facing elimination against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals and missing Steph Curry at the start of the post-season. In the end, the Warriors were able to get past the Cavs but faced a lot of troubles in the process.
Coach Kerr x Steph Curry #DubNation #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/vASPl0wGyl- NBA (@NBA) June 9, 2018
Speaking amid the celebrations, the Warriors head coach told ESPN: "This was the hardest year we've had of the three championships by far. Just the length of the journey. These guys are not just incredibly talented but they're selfless.
"They love each other, they play for each other and you can see the result."
While Durant won NBA Finals MVP honours after posting a triple-double (20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) and Curry scored 37 points in Game 4, Kerr heaped praise on Klay Thompson.
Thompson had 10 points and six rebounds for the Warriors in Game 4.
"He is a machine. He keeps coming. Every day he is defending the best player on the other team," Kerr said. "He is running off screens like Reggie Miller. He is just a machine. He is there for us every day."
Steph Curry knocks down 7 triples for 37 PTS in the @warriors Finals-clinching victory! #DubNation #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/XCLgRXfzoL- NBA (@NBA) June 9, 2018
Kerr and Curry shared a warm embrace after the Warriors clinched the title, their third in four years.
Asked about that moment, the two-time NBA MVP said: "He [Kerr] talked to us at the beginning of the year about everything we have to go through. I know it's a game and basketball but all the sacrifice and the trials and tribulations you go through during the season to get to his point.
"And for him especially. We know what he's been through physically in the last three years. For him to fight through that and be there for us every single day and for us to celebrate this moment makes it all worth it."