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Golden State Warriors celebrate 2022 NBA Title with parade through San Francisco

The Golden State Warriors are celebrating their fourth NBA title in the past eight years, but this time they’re doing it in San Francisco.

Monday’s parade, commemorating the Warriors’ victory over the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals, will pass through one of the city’s main arteries, Market Street, where fans ate hot dogs and smoked marijuana hours in advance, according to one of the officials. the city’s main thoroughfares, Market Street. The San Francisco Chronicle† (Recreational marijuana has been legal in California since 2016)

The club’s most recent three championship parades were held in Oakland, where the team played exclusively from 1971 to 2019, when the Warriors moved to the Chase Center in San Francisco.

The festivities didn’t start well for Warriors star Klay Thompson, who lost his Warriors Championship cap in San Francisco Bay while riding his speedboat to the parade. The 32-year-old was then seen wearing a captain’s cap at a pre-parade rally.

“I underestimated the wind gusts,” Thompson later said on social media. “I got it right out of my head.”

Draymond Green, another of the Warriors’ four-time champions, set the crowd on fire during the pre-parade rally with a few choice words: “Thank you, and as always, f*** everyone else; I love you all.’

From there, Warriors teammates and their loved ones boarded a convoy of double-decker, team-colored buses for the leisurely journey through San Francisco.

Thompson drives past Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay

The festivities didn't start well for Warriors star Klay Thompson, who lost his Warriors Championship cap in San Francisco Bay while riding his speedboat to the parade.  The 32-year-old was seen wearing a captain's cap at a pre-parade rally afterwards

The festivities didn’t start well for Warriors star Klay Thompson, who lost his Warriors Championship cap in San Francisco Bay while riding his speedboat to the parade. The 32-year-old was then seen wearing a captain’s cap at a pre-parade rally. (Left) Thompson is seen driving through Alcatraz Island. (Right), saw him lose his Warriors hat

Warriors teammates (left to right) Daimon Lee, Moses Moody, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr.  are depicted

Warriors teammates (left to right) Daimon Lee, Moses Moody, Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. are depicted

Stephen Curry (pictured) wore a necklace adorned with his first three championship rings to celebrate his fourth title on Monday

The parade went right through San Francisco's main artery, Market Street, after a pre-parade rally

Stephen Curry (left) wore a necklace adorned with his first three championship rings to celebrate his fourth title on Monday. The parade went right through San Francisco’s main artery, Market Street, after a pre-parade rally

Stephen Curry holds up his Bill Russell trophy, which he received last week for winning his first NBA Finals MVP award

Stephen Curry holds up his Bill Russell trophy, which he received last week for winning his first NBA Finals MVP award

The goal was huge: to return to the NBA’s mountaintop.

And now that that monumental task has been completed, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors already has a new goal: to stay there for a while.

The victory cigars had not been extinguished after the title win in Boston, the last festive bottles of Moët & Chandon had not been emptied and the topic – can the Warriors win again next season? – already arrived. They’ve been installed as the favorites for the 2023 NBA title by FanDuel Sportsbook, and with Finals MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all back it would be foolish to think their chance of a fifth championship in nine years isn’t a big deal. is big. Real.

“It’s still not proven that if we’re whole, anyone can stop it,” Green said.

That’s true, which is why it makes sense for the Warriors to carry the burden of favorites into next season. They know what it takes; they’ve had as many championships — four — as the rest of the league combined in the past eight seasons. The last run better than this one was put together by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, winning six in an eight-year span in the 1990s.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr – now a nine-time champion – played part of that run for the Bulls and has led Golden State to all four of these titles.

‘They are all unique. They’re all special,” Kerr said. “I think this one was perhaps the most unlikely, given where we’ve been in recent years. Many unknowns.’

There were indeed questions.

The Warriors answered them all. No, the core was not too old. Yes, Thompson would be coming back from over 900 days on the sidelines with injuries. And absolutely, Curry can still be unstoppable at the biggest moments.

They took that core and bolstered it with a new group of talent. Among those on that list: 27-year-old Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick of 2014 who came into his own and was nothing short of a star in the NBA Finals; Jordan Poole, who turns 23 this weekend and will celebrate as a champion who has blossomed after battling Curry all the way in practice; and Jonathan Kuminga, the 19-year-old who has played in 86 games and is loved by his teammates.

“And we’re not done yet,” Thompson said early Friday during an appearance on Green’s podcast, The Draymond Green Show. ‘That’s the beauty of it. We’ve got these young dollars behind us and we’ve got the same squad coming back? That’s scary for the NBA.’

Green agreed. “It’s very scary,” he said.

They deserved that championship moment, after a 2019 NBA Finals loss to Toronto and then two seasons with a combined 54-83 record, a million miles away from the team the Warriors demand they be.

The Warriors had the NBA’s worst record in 2019-20, largely due to roster turnover—Kevin Durant, who was out all season while recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, had just left for Brooklyn—and injuries. Thompson did not play that season due to a knee injury sustained in the final game of the 2019 Finals. Curry played in just five games. It was the reset year.

The bounceback should have been last season, but Thompson had to sit out again, this time due to an Achilles tendon of his own. The Warriors lost in the play-in tournament. But seeds were planted for something great; how wonderful, even Golden State wasn’t sure, but Curry insisted something was brewing.

“You don’t want to see us next year,” Curry said as the 2020-21 season ended.

prophetic words.

Thompson came back in January and the Golden State’s goal was clear: to win everything, again. The Warriors have played 24 playoff series together in the past eight years with Curry, Thompson and Green. They have won 22; with the exception of the 2016 and 2019 finals, when injuries took their toll.

This time there was no stopping the Dubs.

“I saw it at the beginning of the season,” Thompson said. “People called me crazy. I said ‘Championship or bust’ because I saw us coming out of the gate, 18-2. And playing exactly that Warriors basketball that made us so successful, and when I knew I was going to be included in that, I knew we had an opportunity to do something special, and here we are. It’s so incredible. Wow.’

The training camp is only three months away from us, so the refurbishment process for next season will start sooner rather than later. The Warriors know they’ll be back in the center of the NBA spotlight, playing tons of national TV games, getting the best shot from every opponent and attracting massive attention everywhere.

It will be just like before. It will be a first for many Warriors. For the old guard, the core of four-time champions Curry, Green and Thompson – plus Andre Iguodala, if he decides to postpone retirement for another year – it will be familiar territory.

“I think this one is definitely different because of the three years of baggage we took out of that Game 6 in 2019,” said Curry. “I can say it now: I don’t know how many teams could wear that as long as we have the expectations of now comparing ourselves to teams from the past and making it to the mountain top again.”

His team did it.

And next year they try again.

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