They learned from each other every step of the way, they pushed one another through fierce shooting competitions that were pure entertainment on a practice floor. After all, "blowing a 3-1 lead" has become a widely circulated joke.
A report surfaced shortly after Game 5 claiming that the Warriors would unanimously refuse any invitation to the White House, but that report was clearly debunked by the organization's statement.
He's right. The Warriors suiting up on Monday will be much different from the team at the same point in 2016.
But throw in a 65-17 regular season, and the Warriors went 81-18 after Kevin Durant joined them, an impressive start to finish after their collapse in last year's Finals that prevented them from winning three straight championships.
Green had sat out this very game a year ago, suspended because of flagrant foul point accumulation after he swiped at James' groin in Game 4. With all of the Warriors' big guns healthy, the Cavaliers understand where they stand.
"I can't remember needing them. maybe a handful of times this year?" said Hugh Citron, sportsbook manager at the Stratosphere.
"We felt like Kevin could come in and help us", he added.
James became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double in a finals series. When Cleveland signed him a second time in April 2013, Brown inked a five-year contract reportedly worth $20 million, part of which was guaranteed.
Still, the series could easily be tied 2-2.
After back-to-back blowouts, the Warriors were 4-point road favorites in Game 3 in Cleveland.
This gave Durant the most points in history for a player who averaged at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line, as Penny Hardaway held the previous record of 25.5 points from the 1995 Finals. That claim would be more clear-cut if they had finished off the "fo-fo-fo-fo" and gone a flawless 16-0 en route to the title. "So we knew this team was beatable, we knew we can play better, and [Game 4] is the result you get when we play at our best".
Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a noted critic of Trump and his policies. David West fought for the ball with Irving, then they got tangled up and Tristan Thompson entered the fray and he and West went at each other face-to-face.
When Durant spoke with Nash about potentially joining Golden State, the once-electrifying point guard said it seemed like a good fit for him to grow as a person.
"We learned from everything we've been through", Curry said during the trophy celebration.