Warriors celebrate NBA title with parade through Oakland
The Golden State Warriors twirled T-shirts over their heads and waved to the crowd from atop double-decker buses as blue and yellow confetti rained down on them during a Thursday parade to celebrate the team's latest championship.
Coach Steve Kerr said he was proud of them "came back from the heartbreak of last year."
The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals last year and lost the title to the Cleveland Cavaliers after posting the best regular-season record in NBA history.
The Warriors went 15-1 in this year's postseason, with sweeps in the first three rounds before beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers in five games in the Finals.
However, for Oakland, they live through a tough time. Oakland recently learned it's losing one of its other beloved teams, the Raiders, to Las Vegas in 2020, and the city is still reeling from a police scandal and mourning a deadly warehouse fire. The Warriors are headed to San Francisco, where they broke ground this year on a new arena slated to open in 2019.
"Oakland represents all of us," Kerr told KTVU. "You've got people of every race, color, religion, creed, whatever, and everybody's just coming together and loving this team."
The impending loss of the Warriors to San Francisco was on the minds of some fans who came out to cheer, though many threw the word "dynasty" around and expected one more championship parade in Oakland next year.
Sheldon Glasgow, who has been living in Oakland for 10 years, said he wasn't angry the Warriors were moving. Glasgow held posters of Durant.
"It's still in the Bay," he said. "No matter where they go, it's still in the Golden State."