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Ernie Johnson of Turner Sports on Golden State Warriors Championship Win – 6/17/15

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I WOULD LOVE
TO HIT YOU UP ON THE THOUGHTS
OF THE NBA FINALS AND HOW YOU
GOT IT ALL WRAPPED UP.
ERNIE?
>> YOU KNOW, VERY HAPPY FOR
STEVE KERR, HAVING KNOWN
STEVE FOR A LONG TIME, GOING
BACK TO HIS PLAYING DAYS AND
OF COURSE BEING A COLLEAGUE
AT TURNER, THRILLED FOR HIM.
LeBRON DID ALL HE COULD BUT
WHEN YOU'RE MISSING,
ESPECIALLY KYRIE IRVING, THAT
WAS A HUGE LOSS FOR HIM.
IN THE END, THEY DID WHAT
THEY DID ALL YEAR.
VERY HAPPY TO SEE THAT.
IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME.
A LONGER TIME FOR CLEVELAND.
NEVER DONE IT.
LeBRON HAD SAID BE PATIENT.
IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
RIGHT AWAY.
WE WILL SEE WHAT DIRECTION
CLEVELAND GOES WITH FROM HERE
ON OUT.
>> WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THE
SUBJECT?
IF IRVING AND OR, LET'S PUT
THEM BOTH IN THERE, TOO, IF
KEVIN LOVE WERE HEALTHY?
>> IT'S ONE OF THOSE
IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER THINGS.
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN CERTAINLY
LeBRON WOULD HAVE HAD MORE
HELP OFFENSIVELY.
WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO
SCORE 40 A NIGHT.
HE WAS JUST GETTING SUCH
INCONSISTENT HELP.
JR SMITH WOULD BE GREAT SOME
NIGHTS AND DISAPPEAR OTHERS.
HE WOULD HAVE HELP EVERY NOW
AND THEN.
THEY WERE JUST OUTMANNED.
AND IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.
I DEFIE ANYBODY TO SAY IF
LOVE AND IRVING WERE THERE
THE SERIES WOULD HAVE PLAYED
OUT THIS WAY.
YOU DON'T KNOW.
THE WARRIORS ARE THE CHAMPS
AND WELL-DESERVED.
I COULD GO EITHER IGUODALA OR
CURRY MVP.
I KNOW YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT
THAT AND WHETHER LeBRON FROM
A LOSING TEAM SHOULD BE ON
IT.
I DIDN'T HAVE A REAL PROBLEM
WITH ANDRE WINNING IT.
I THINK HE CERTAINLY WAS
VALUABLE BUT IT ALL GOES BACK
TO THE DECISION THAT STEVE
KERR MADE.
THAT WAS THE COACHING
DECISION OF THE SERIES TO PUT
ANDRE IGUODALA IN THE
STARTING LINE-UP.
IF THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN HE'S
NOT GOING TO BE THE MVP.
>> AND KERR THOUGHT IT WAS
FITTING THAT IGUODALA WON MVP
BECAUSE HE SACRIFICED BY
TAKING TO THE PINE AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE SEASON,
SOMETHING HE HAD NEVER DONE
IN HIS CAREER AND HERE HE IS
PUT IN THE STARTER'S ROLE
WHEN IT COUNTS THE MOST.
>> THAT WAS A GREAT MOMENT,
RICH, WASN'T IT?
YOU COULD TELL HOW COOL THAT
WAS FOR ANDRE, TOO.
IT WAS JUST A GREAT SHOT LAST
NIGHT ON ABC OF THE TWO OF
THEM, OF BILL RUSSELL
STANDING THERE WITH THE
TROPHY AND IGUODALA PUTTING
HIS HAND OUT AND SAYING WOW,
THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING.