The Golden State Warriors have a chance to make franchise history tonight. With a win in tonight’s Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the Warriors would claim back-to-back NBA titles for the first time in their near 70-year existence.
So, what makes this Warriors team so special? Many have speculated and credited their teamwork, three-point shooting, speed, defense, etc. The list goes on and on. One of the key players on the team — the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, in fact — credits something (or someone) else to the team’s success, however.
Last June, when the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in six games to take the 2015 NBA title, Andre Iguodala, the Finals MVP, was asked about why his team was able to have such a successful season. His answer may have surprised most NBA analysts and pundits:
“We got a team full of believers,” Iguodala said. “We all go to chapel before every game. We all believe and we all say God has a way for you—a purpose for you. This is my purpose.”