As the year comes to an end, 2016 was a year that involved many different events around the sports world. Major news and game performances took place in 2016.
The NBA Season
While the NBA was looking forward to the NBA Finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, there was a lot of action around the league. Starting with the Golden State Warriors’ record breaking year, the league was placed in awe by the amazing gameplay of the team. With Stephen Curry leading the league in scoring once again and winning his second MVP, he showed the league why he is one of the elite point guards in the NBA. The Warriors also broke multiple records for individual players and as a team. However, their most impressive record they broke was the most wins in a single NBA season with 73 wins. With this record broken, the NBA planned on seeing the team win back to back NBA championships. As they stormed through the playoffs, in the Western Conference finals, they ran into issues facing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder had a 3-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors. However, the Warriors regained confidence and defeated the Thunder in the next 3 games. With these wins, the Warriors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals once again. The Golden State Warriors had a 3-1 lead as well. But due to suspicious calls, ejections, and the great play of LeBron James, the Cavaliers became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to win. This championship gives the Cleveland Cavaliers their first franchise championship.
Kevin Durant To Golden State
After Kevin Durant lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, his contract expired making him a free agent. Looking at the many teams he could have joined, no one believed that he would have joined the Golden State Warriors. Stephen A. Smith describes this move as “The weakest move by a superstar”. I tend to agree considering that Durant lost to Golden State in the Western Conference.
Chicago Cubs Win A World Series
The Chicago Cubs was subject to a drought without a World Series for 108 years. However, after coming back from a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs finally won their third World Series. The World Series MVP went to Ben Zobrist. With the Chicago Clubs overcoming their drought, the current longest drought in the MLB belongs to the Cleveland Indians.