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SAN FRANCISCO: Tens of thousands of fans took to the streets of San Francisco on Monday to salute the victorious Golden State Warriors as the team celebrated its fourth NBA championship in eight seasons with an open-top bus parade.
A blizzard of blue and gold confetti billowed along Market Street in downtown San Francisco as buses carrying Warriors players and team staff made their way along the parade route from 1, 4 mile.
The Warriors clinched their seventh NBA crown on Thursday after beating the Boston Celtics on the road in Game 6 of the Finals to close out a 4-2 series win.
The win completed a triumphant return to the top of the sport just two years after the Warriors finished the 2019-20 season with the worst record in basketball.
Warriors talisman Stephen Curry – wearing a gold chain bearing his collection of NBA championship rings – led the festivities as Golden State players showered hordes of fans with champagne in glorious sunshine.
“I had to bring the jewelry back,” Curry said of her ring-laden necklace.
“I don’t watch it during the year. Once in a while, though, you have to remember – we have four!”
Curry said the Warriors were motivated to get back into the winner’s circle after a painful loss in the 2019 NBA Finals.
“I would be lying if I said I knew we would be champions because it’s a lot of work – but sometimes you have to show it,” Curry said.
“We had a few setbacks, encountered bumps in the road, but we peaked at the right time and everyone, from 1-16, our coaching staff, everyone played a big part in that.”
Warriors defensive star Draymond Green paid tribute to the Warriors players and team personnel who made the victory possible.
“It’s been an amazing year,” Green said. “I told you that nobody can stop us from winning a championship. I warned you all.
“I really like this band, and when I say this band, I mean this whole band.
“There were times in the past when we won a championship and everything didn’t need to line up, like we were that good.
“But for it to work, every single person here had to be lined up. It’s so special.
“You talk about which championship means the most, but the reality is that each of them has its own course.
“What you enjoy about the journey are the people you go through it with. And what gives me the most joy is seeing the guys earning it for the first time.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, meanwhile, revealed he’s been inundated with congratulatory messages ranging from fellow NBA coaches such as Gregg Popovich to former President Barack Obama.
“I got a text from President Obama, which was pretty cool. It was pretty special,” Kerr said.
“It’s amazing. When we started the camp I thought we would be good enough, but I didn’t know we could win everything.
“Sitting here enjoying the parade and feeling the love from across the Bay Area is pretty amazing.”
Kerr once again reserved special praise for Warriors star Curry, the NBA Finals MVP.
“We have a great group of guys who want to play together,” Kerr said.
“And it starts with Steph. Everyone wants to play with and for Steph, and we just had a great group of guys and that’s key.”



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