Warriors revel in title during eventful parade

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors' celebration of their first NBA championship in 40 years had a little bit of everything.

 

A rousing parade through the city of Oakland drew an estimated half-million people predominantly decked in the Warriors' colors of blue and gold as members of the team proudly showed off the Larry O'Brien Trophy three days after its victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

 

"I can't say enough how important it is and how beautiful it is to see all this blue and yellow out here supporting us and celebrating this championship," Warriors guard and 2014-15 MVP Stephen Curry said during Friday's rally near the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.

 

The mostly festive event also featured some trash talking towards the Cavs from one of the Warriors' key players, and unfortunately, a smattering of violence in the streets surrounding the parade route.

As the Warriors and their fans basked in the franchise's second title since moving to the Bay Area from Philadelphia, Oakland police reported that three people were shot just a few blocks away from the rally. According to the Oakland Tribune, one of the victims was in critical condition and the other two were listed as serious.

The frightening event still didn't put a damper on a party that included MC Hammer and Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch, both Oakland natives, as attendees.

 

Also among the participants was Riley Curry, the 2-year-old daughter of Stephen Curry whose celebrity status has been rivaling her sharpshooting dad's following her appearances in postgame press conferences during the Finals.

 

"Six years ago I could walk around and not be recognized. Now we're world champs and I'm known as Riley's dad," Stephen Curry said.

 

Forward Draymond Green made some headlines as well, with the defensive standout taking a few jabs at the runner-up Cavaliers during a television interview.

 

"Klay Thompson? Yup," Green said. "Splash Brothers? Yup. Cavaliers? Nope. We won? Yup. They suck? Yup. We here? Yup. They not? Nope."

 

After posting an NBA-best 67 regular-season wins in head coach Steve Kerr's first year at the helm, the Warriors went 16-5 in the postseason to hoist their first championship trophy since the 1974-75 campaign.

 

"Every piece of the puzzle had to come together to make this happen and we did it," Curry remarked.

 

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