The Golden State Warriors won the championship!
I'm still struggling to fully process what has happened and have been saying for days that the parade would probably be the moment when the fact of the Warriors being champions would actually set in for me. And I think, in a way, it's because of something similar to what Billy Frijoles wrote today at Athletics Nation as a "parade preview" of sorts.
I absolutely love the Warriors. And believe me, I will be looking fondly upon this season for many, many years. I know I witnessed something special this year, something truly amazing. But somehow I feel as though it just happened, and I just watched it. I didn't quite live it, because, well, it all happened so fast. The easy, routine winning was so foreign, and then bam! We got the title. I was along for the ride. I never had that heartbreaking moment as a Warriors fan because the Warriors weren't ever good enough to truly break my heart.
I think I need the parade and rally for this to feel real and fully sink in. Maybe because the ascent to championship immortality happened so fast, maybe because I wasn't able to witness the clincher in person. Who knows...but I will definitely be at that parade to celebrate the accomplishment of this team and end years of suffering. And maybe if I yell this enough and see folks rallying this will set in as a new reality as a Warriors fan.
For those interested in attending, the info you need is below. For those that can't go, all the information you need to watch it should be below as well.
Who: The Golden State Warriors, 2015 NBA champions, and the unbelievably loyal fans
What: A parade to celebrate being the 2015 NBA champions
When: Friday, June 19 at 10 a.m.
Where: OAKLAND, home of the 2015 NBA champions (map)
- Starting point: 11th & Broadway
- Rally point: Henry J. Kaiser Center
Why: The Warriors are the 2015 NBA champions
TV: CSNBA (beginning at 9 am)
Party time, #DubNation! CSN Bay Area has you covered for the #Warriors Championship Parade. TUNE IN tomorrow at 9am! pic.twitter.com/hyBNfxmrS1— CSN Warriors News (@CSNWarriors) June 18, 2015
Live stream(s) online:
- CSN Bay Area via the NBC Sports Extra app
- KPIX 5 at cbsSF.com/live
- ABC 7 at abc7news.com
Given what will probably be insane traffic throughout the Bay Area with President Barack Obama in San Francisco and the parade in downtown Oakland, public transportation is probably the way to go to get to the parade. But a few things to note about that:
BART to Limit Service at Downtown Stations for Warriors Parade, Rally http://t.co/ye1bQLwTrI— Berkeley CA Patch (@BerkeleyPatch) June 18, 2015
Entrances near the rally could *temporarily* close; platform crowding is unsafe! #BePatient as we get people moving tmrw! #BARTtips #GoDubs— SFBART (@SFBART) June 18, 2015
Going to #WarriorsParade? Keep the bike at home or double lock it at a station. Bikes AREN'T ALLOWED on crowded trains! #BARTtips #courtesy— SFBART (@SFBART) June 18, 2015
AC Transit Service during the Warriors Parade on Friday, June 19. https://t.co/hiN4g9B6Nz— AC Transit (@rideact) June 17, 2015
For more info, check out SB Nation's brief primer.