Friday, 17 November, 2017

Parade marking Warriors' title rolls in Oakland

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Lucia Summers | 22 June, 2017, 07:36

The championship was the first of forward Kevin Durant's career, and the NBA Finals MVP soaked in the moment. The Warriors are also headed to San Francisco, where they broke ground this year on a new arena slated to open in 2019.

The parade ended on the shores of Lake Merritt where coach Steve Kerr and the players addressed the crowd during an 80-minute rally. All-Star guard Stephen Curry recalled last year's loss to the Cavaliers in the finals and said everything the team went through last year makes this title so much sweeter.

The Golden State Warriors celebrated their latest National Basketball Association championship on Thursday, June 15 (Friday, Manila time), waving to the crowd from atop double-decker buses as their victory parade weaved through the streets of downtown Oakland.

But Thursday was a rare chance to celebrate.

After beating Cleveland in 2015, Golden State took a 3-1 lead a year ago only to fall victim to the LeBron James-led Cavaliers' record-setting three-game comeback.

"I remember exactly where I was this time a year ago, and it wasn't a great feeling", Curry told the crowd at a rally after the parade.

In one hand he clutched the trophy awarded after the Warriors put away the rival Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the NBA Finals, and with the other slapping high-fives with fans lining streets littered by a blizzard of blue and gold confetti.

"We've overcome a lot of doubts", said Tulio Zelada, 28, a San Francisco resident who attended the parade.

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The Golden State Warriors celebrate during the Warriors 2017 championship victory parade in downtown Oakland.

Golden State won the series in five games and Green displayed a shirt that said "Quickie" with the Quicken Loans symbol.

At the rally, Green mocked James' contention that James had never played for a super team.

"Give everyone credit. We didn't have a No. 1 (overall) draft pick", Green said, his words clearly directed toward James.

Signing Durant as a free agent immediately made the Warriors heavy favourites throughout the 2016-17 season. "You've got people of every race, color, religion, creed, whatever, and everybody's just coming together and loving this team".

Sheldon Glasgow, who has been living in Oakland for 10 years, said he wasn't angry the Warriors were moving.

"It's still in the Bay", he said.

Golden State went 40 years between titles after winning the crown in 1975.

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