by: Bryant “B-Boy” Worthing @bboyworthing
The last time the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Finals the number one hit record on Billboard was “Love WIll Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille June of 1975. Needless to say the entire Bay Area was waiting for this moment for a long time as the streets of Oakland were joyous covered in yellow and blue with well over 500,000 people in attendance. For a city known more for protests, violence and being one of the most dangerous inner cities in all of America, this championship parade means a lot for the entire community of the East Bay.
After falling behind in the Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-1 the Warriors surged to a 3-1 record the rest of the way with amazing shooting displays that kept them afloat all year long. The clinching Game 6 victory was in Cleveland 105-97 Tuesday night, just three days later seemingly all of Northern California was in celebration formation in the Oakland streets.
Steve Kerr concluded a remarkable rookie head coaching job with a 67-15 regular season record and 16-5 in the entire playoffs. Kerr became the first head coach to win the NBA championship in his first year since Pat Riley did it in 1982 with the Los Angeles Lakers. One of the most notable conversation points Kerr had during the Finals was putting Andre Iguodala into a starting role after he was the teams sixth man all season. The move helped propel the Warriors after losing Game 3 while Iguodala ended up the Finals MVP.