Arizona Wildcats celebrate Warriors' NBA title
The Arizona Wildcats celebrated the Golden State Warriors' NBA title as if it was their own.
Former UA guard Steve Kerr, one of Tucson's favorite sons, continued his charmed basketball life, leading Golden State over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. His signature strategic move of the series was inserting ex-Arizona player Andre Iguodala into the starting lineup for Game 4.
Iguodala, who had not started all season, then helped the smaller, sleeker Warriors reel off three consecutive victories, capped by 105-97 series-clinching victory on Tuesday.
Because of his defense on LeBron James and his increasing offense -- his season-high 22 points in Game 4 was eclipsed by 25 points on Tuesday -- Iguodala was selected the MVP on the Finals.
"For us, it's really fitting that the award went to Andre," Kerr said. "Because he sacrificed his starting role from the first game of the season. ... That set the tone for our whole season."
The Wildcats' connection runs deeper, with ex-players Lute Walton (assistant coach) and Bruce Fraser (player development coach) serving on Kerr's staff. In Kerr's on-court interview, the first person he mentioned by way of thanks was former Arizona coach Lute Olson.
Kerr, who became the first NBA rookie coach to win a title since Pat Riley in 1982, now needs two hands for all his jewelry after winning five rings as a player.
Several prominent Wildcat athletes and coaches celebrated on Twitter on Tuesday night:
Iguodala received seven MVP votes to beat out James, who had four. He called having to guard James "exhausting."