Ranking the Bay Area’s Pro Sports Teams Part I
Jun 19, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Confetti surrounds the stage during the Golden State Warriors 2015 championship celebration at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
#5. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have obviously had more success than any of the San Jose teams, and, if you haven’t heard, they are were the 2015 NBA Champions. The “Splash Brothers” and company overcame the threat of Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first championship in over 40 years. With help from Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, regular season MVP Stephen Curry had his breakout year, in that everything seemed to go his way. Along with becoming a fan favorite by leading the 2015 NBA All Star voting, Curry and his adorable daughter Riley become an icon for the entire Bay Area.
Blue Man Hoop
Although the Warriors have made the playoffs in the past three seasons, Golden State has had its share of struggles for quite some time. After moving west to from Philadelphia to California after the 1962 season, the Warriors and Hall of Fame forward Rick Barry made two Finals appearances before finally winning their first in 1975. A long 40 years later, the party was on in Oakland and beyond. The Warriors have had some of the best players to ever play the game, including Wilt Chamberlain, Chris Mullin, and, as mentioned above, Rick Barry.
What makes the Warriors so special is the fact that as big as the Bay Area is, we only have one NBA team to rally on. Sure, there are the Sacramento Kings right down the I-80, but the power and explosiveness that the Oracle Arena crowd gives day in and day out is unlike any in the entire NBA. Instead of having a divide among our Bay Area sports fans, the Warriors give all of us a common ground that bridges us together.
And lets be real, it’s hard not to root for guys like Steph Curry, Steve Kerr, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala. These guys have respect for the game, show integrity on and off the court, and when it comes down to it, they have just enough arrogance and persistence to lead the Bay Area basketball team in the most crucial situations.