On Wednesday night, I was watching a live stream of the NBA Finals from New York City.
It was a Sunday night, which meant it was a normal evening in New York.
The NBA Finals were scheduled to start around 11 p.m. on Sunday night.
This meant that I was sitting in the bleachers at the University of Colorado’s Boulder Badminton Center, the place where I had played for the last four years, the same place where a couple of the other players I had beaten had won the national championships.
That was the kind of night that you would expect to see me.
I’d been in the league for about a decade, and I had a good reputation.
The last time I had won a championship was at the age of 16, back in 2000.
I was already a top player in my age group, so I was in good shape.
But the finals were different.
They were the most difficult, competitive games in the history of the sport.
I was playing in my first NBA Finals, and the only reason I was able to win was because of a great coach who I admired, one of the greatest coaches in the world, Steve Kerr.
Kerr was the coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2008 to 2016.
Kerr is a basketball legend, one that had helped shape basketball’s future.
The game was evolving into something that was more exciting and fun, something that would allow players to be in their peak form and perform at their best.
Kerr coached me to win championships.
The Warriors had a great core of players that Kerr knew and respected, including Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston.
The team’s success made it clear to me that I had the talent to be an NBA champion.
Kerr and I went to the Finals together in 2016.
I had already beaten Kerr’s Golden State team.
I lost the championship game in five games to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kerr’s team had a lot of superstars.
Kevin Durant and Steph Curry were in their prime.
Stephen Curry was also one of my heroes growing up.
The Finals were so important to me because they were the culmination of everything I had worked for since I had been drafted out of high school.
It gave me something to prove, something to achieve, something I wanted to be able to do.
The second game was the one that would change my life.
It felt like I was being thrown against the wall.
I got into the fourth quarter, the fourth game of the series, with 10 seconds left.
I wanted the win, so badly, but Kerr was so focused on my fate that he was never sure if I would be able make the final.
So he decided to give me a chance.
I told Kerr, “I have to make the finals, or I’ll just get kicked out of the team.”
I wasn’t sure what to do, but I knew I had to do something.
I knew if I lost, I’d have to go home and watch my mother take care of my father.
So I made a decision.
I walked over to the television and started to watch the game.
And that’s when I saw the light.
I said to myself, “This is it.
I have to win this game.
If I lose, I’m going to be kicked out.
But if I win, I can play in the finals.”
I don’t know how much I wanted it.
It just felt so great to be the first person to beat Steve Kerr’s Warriors, the one to take down the most dominant team in NBA history.
I thought that if I was going to do this, I had got to do it.
But I was also a little scared, because I thought, “What if I don’t do it?”
Kerr was always the kindest guy in the room.
I’m a tough guy.
But at the same time, he never let me down.
He was a perfectionist.
I just wanted to make sure that I got the best out of myself.
I came into the locker room after the game, and it was the first time I was allowed to see Kerr since he was fired.
He didn’t want me to be around him, so he turned the lights off.
Then he told me to go and get ready for the next game.
He came into my locker and put on his headphones.
“Now, listen,” he said.
“You’re not going to have a conversation about this, and you’re not supposed to talk to anybody about this.
You’re going to go out and play.”
So I went in there and practiced my game, just like the rest of the players did.
I went into the game feeling like I belonged.
After I lost my first game, I told myself, I’ll get my revenge against Kerr and the Warriors, because he was the reason that I didn’t win a championship.
I made sure that whenever I