Questions about the Warriors' plans for a trip to Washington, D.C., arose just hours after they won their second National Basketball Association title in the last three years, when a CNBC analyst tweeted that the team unanimously made a decision to skip the White House visit.
One thing is clear - if no one can assemble a truly special team, the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy could very well reside in the Bay Area for years to come. He got off his bus and hopped and shouted as he gave high fives to the crowd. And despite Durant's NBA Finals MVP performance, the guard remains the face of the franchise in Oakland.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr has been among the most vocal figures in sports against Trump's policies.
Kerr said he was proud that the team "came back from the heartbreak of a year ago". They went 15-1 in the postseason, with sweeps in the first three round before beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the finals.
Golden State Warriors fans are using the word dynasty to describe this year's championship team.
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Tens of thousands of fans roused in the wee hours of Thursday and made the trek to downtown Oakland where a sea of blue and gold heralded the 2017 championship parade.
Residents of Oakland, which lost one of its other beloved teams, the Raiders, to Las Vegas, are still reeling from a police scandal and mourning a fatal warehouse fire.
The Warriors are headed to San Francisco, where they broke ground this year on a new arena slated to open in 2019.
But Thursday was a rare chance to celebrate.
"Oakland represents all of us", Kerr told KTVU. (You can begin lining up to get a good view at 5 a.m., and people probably will just like they did two Junes ago). The jokes and memes were relentless following Cleveland's unprecedented come-from-behind win in 2016, diminishing the Warriors' record-shattering 73-win season to nothing more than an asterisk painfully reminding them of the one accomplishment they fell short of. My 10-year-old son, who plays ball, worships the ground several of the players walk on. Glasgow held posters of Durant.
They are called the Golden State Warriors, but they don't belong to all of California.