Warriors celebrate NBA title with street parade

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry holding the Larry O'Brien Trophy and waving to the crowd next to wife Ayesha Curry during the team's victory parade in Oakland. It was the Warriors' second parade in three seasons.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry holding the Larry O'Brien Trophy and waving to the crowd next to wife Ayesha Curry during the team's victory parade in Oakland. It was the Warriors' second parade in three seasons.PHOTO: REUTERS

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

The jubilant players hoisted the Larry O'Brien Trophy and gave high fives to their fans as confetti filled the air.

The parade ended on the shores of Lake Merritt where coach Steve Kerr and the players addressed the crowd during an 80-minute rally.

"We need to enjoy this to the fullest," star guard Stephen Curry said. "This whole day, this whole atmosphere, is unbelievable."

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The Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win the title, capping a brilliant 15-1 post-season run.

It was the second parade in three seasons for the Warriors.

"There is nobody having more fun than me," Warriors owner Joe Lacob said. "This is the best job in the world."

The championship was the first for forward Kevin Durant, and the NBA Finals MVP (Most Valuable Player) took in the moment.

His decision to depart the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Warriors was criticised by many, but winning the title provided redemption for the NBA star.

"It means the world for me to win the championship," Durant told the crowd. "Hopefully we can keep it going. Thank you for the support.

"It has been a crazy year for me. Going through this year was so much fun. You come into work each day and it is more like fun."

Golden State went 40 years between titles after winning the crown in 1975. Three of the franchise's five titles were secured after the team moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2017, with the headline 'Warriors celebrate NBA title with street parade'. Print Edition | Subscribe