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Steve Kerr weighs in on David West’s cryptic Warriors drama talk

Friday night, the Golden State Warriors secured a third NBA championship in four years, joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls as the only franchises to pull off such a remarkable accomplishment.

Despite what seemed to be relatively “easy road” to the third title — in some respects — longtime NBA veteran and current Warriors big man David West is letting people know it didn’t come without bumps in the road.

The 2017-18 Warriors campaign was unlike any other the team experienced in their four-year span of excellence. The Warriors had to deal with real injury adversity for the first time since Stephen Curry’s ankle issues early in his career. Curry missed a large chunk of the second half of the season and even the first round of the playoffs with a sprained MCL.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was asked about West’s cryptic comments and echoed the same message.

“It was the hardest year of my short coaching career,” Kerr said. “Four years but this was the most difficult one for sure. We had typical team stuff that every team has. I think it was more than that. It was the grind of doing it again.

“You know this but only a handful of teams have made the Finals four years in a row in the history of the league. There’s a lot of internal stuff that happens. As a coach you have to try to navigate, move forward and keep the train rolling.”

It is unclear what happened behind the scenes, but Golden State also faced their first real serious competition in the Western Conference since the 2016 incarnation of the Oklahoma City Thunder featuring Kevin Durant.

The Houston Rockets ended up winning an NBA-best 65 games this season and made a respectable run at Golden State. If not for Chris Paul’s hamstring injury that kept him out of Game 6 and Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets arguably could have pulled it off.