“Just went back to the basics. I knew what got me to this point and that was hard work and dedication. I never had to prove anything to anyone. My first seven years, I just went out and let the game take care of itself. Last year, I tried to prove something to everybody. I played with a lot of hate. That's not the way I play the game of basketball. I play with a lot of love, a lot of passion and that's what I got back to this year.”
With seconds left in the game, what was going on, on the bench with your show of emotion?
“This right here's the happiest day of my life. It's the happiest day of my life, and I wouldn't want to spend it with nobody else in the world besides my teammates, these fans. Oh my God, you guys are unbelievable, and this is a dream come true.”
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