Oak­land ready to cel­e­brate an­other ti­tle

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Gold and blue con­fetti rained down in down­town Oak­land, Calif., Tues­day as a pa­rade to cel­e­brate the Golden State War­riors’ third NBA ti­tle in four years oc­curred. War­riors guard Klay Thomp­son threw T-shirts to fans and waved from the top of an open, dou­ble-decker bus. Fans ar­rived hours be­fore the start of the pa­rade Tues­day to get a prime spot along the route. The NBA cham­pi­ons have gone back-to-back, beat­ing LeBron James and the Cleve­land Cava­liers 108-85 on Fri­day night to fin­ish off a sweep of the NBA Fi­nals in the fourth con­sec­u­tive meet­ing be­tween the clubs. Star Stephen Curry promised fans the team will “get greedy” and win more cham­pi­onships. Curry says he never imag­ined the team would have a pa­rade “let alone two and now three.” Curry spoke dur­ing a short in­ter­view Tues­day with the team that was broad­cast live be­fore the start of the pa­rade through Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. He says “this is for you guys.” The guard wore a large sun hat and un­der it a “RUN TMC” base­ball cap in hon­our of Tim Har­d­away, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, the name­sakes for the Don Nel­son-coached War­riors teams dur­ing the 1989-90 and 1990-91 sea­sons. Oak­land res­i­dent Jas­mine Culp says she is elated to at­tend her third War­riors pa­rade with her three chil­dren. The 36-year-old mother painted her lips blue and dressed in a sparkling golden se­quined dress, sash, and blue-gold feather ac­ces­sories to at­tend the pa­rade Tues­day that she says has be­come a fam­ily tradition. Culp says she and her fam­ily love that they can kick off the sum­mer by dress­ing up to cel­e­brate the War­riors. She ac­knowl­edges it will be sad to see the War­riors move to San Fran­cisco be­cause they team is “a big part of our city.” Still, she says she will travel over the bridge to sup­port her team. The War­rior are set move to Chase Cen­ter, a new arena be­ing built in San Fran­cisco, in Oc­to­ber 2019. Oak­land city streets have been lined with gold and blue ban­ners and shop and restau­rant own­ers along the pa­rade route say they are get­ting ready to open their busi­nesses dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion. Fasil Lemma, who owns De Lauer’s News­stand, said he will be sell­ing the new cham­pi­onship T-shirts and gear from past cham­pi­onships. “It’s very ex­cit­ing,” Lemma told the East Bay Times. “We want to serve the com­mu­nity.” Of­fi­cials say as many as 1 mil­lion fans were ex­pected to at­tend the pa­rade. Un­like other years, the pa­rade won’t end at a rally near Lake Mer­ritt. In­stead, there will be large Jum­botron-type screens set up along the route that will fea­ture mem­bers of the team talk­ing in real time and an­swer­ing the ques­tions of a few lucky fans. “We wanted to make it more in­ti­mate, free flow­ing and, frankly, more ex­cit­ing,” Ray­mond Rid­der, the team’s vi­cepres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, told the news­pa­per. “We will now have more fans along the pa­rade route, cre­at­ing more of a buzz, giv­ing fans closer/direct access to play­ers and, ide­ally, it will keep the event mov­ing/flow­ing.”

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