OAKLAND, June 20- Thousands of Bay Area basketball fans gathered on the streets of Oakland for Friday’s Golden State Warriors victory parade in celebration of their first NBA title in 40 years.
The Warriors defeated Cleveland 105-97 in game six Tuesday at Cleveland to capture their first crown since 1975, with the march ending at the city’s convention center so players could thank loyal long-suffering fans for their support and show off the championship trophy.
“Thank you all for supporting us all these years,” said NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Andre Iguodala. “I appreciate all you all. We finally did it.”
Steph Curry, the Warriors top scorer who set a record for 3-pointers made in a single playoff run, won NBA regular season Most Valuable Player honors and sparked Golden State to an NBA-best 67 wins this season.
“I’m so excited to be part of this group,” Curry said. “It was an exciting journey. We had 67 wins and then to cap it off with a championship, it’s hard to do.”
“We have to celebrate this trophy now. You know we’re going to try to do it again. Thank you very much all of ‘Dub Nation.’ We did it. Let’s celebrate.”
Curry lifted his two-year-old daughter, Riley, to the podium to steal the scene as she had during some playoff news conferences, only to have her turn shy even as fans cheered her and greeted her with signs.
“I’m known as Riley’s dad now,” Curry said. “Which is OK.”