When the Warriors players receive their championship rings during the banner ceremony in their season opener, they are expected to wear something different on their uniforms for the game.
According to the Warriors’ team store site, this will be what the team has in mind. They will be wearing their home jerseys but will have a Larry O’Brien trophy patch on the right side. Additionally, the team logo on the front and the player number on the back will be outlined in gold.
The trophy patch was commonplace on team jerseys during the finals but last season, the NBA logo was placed above the player’s name and the NBA Finals patch as placed in that same location. This design gives us a glimpse of what the jerseys might have looked like if the league did not make the change.
I remember when the Warriors drafted Jason Richardson. As a Michigan State fan, I was proud that the Warriors got this guy. I didn’t know if he would be the answer to helping the Warriors end their playoff drought, but he provided many theatrics.
Everyone remember his dunk contest wins and they should. Those were the highlight for a Warriors team that didn’t look too good. But I still believed he can be great for the team because he was so talented. He just needed some help.
I still own a Richardson jersey and he was the star on the team for many years. Even when the Warriors finally made We Believe happened, I was so stoked for him. He was a loyal man to the Bay and I was ecstatic to finally see him taste glory. This is my favorite moment.
Sadly he would be traded and injuries would derail his career. But he will always be a part of the Bay Area. He will always be a fan favorite. He helped us believe. He made me believe.
** I know this video was uploaded last week but this is new to me, so there.
Check out the new animation right here. It really reminds me of Staples Center, which is kind of the idea the Warriors are looking for with a high-end arena with all the amenities and shops and grandeur presentation.
I still want the Warriors to remain in Oakland. But I have to face the inevitable.
But the inside looks real nice though.
The Sharks are in rebuilding mode. The excitement for this team and their run of success isn’t as high.
The Warriors on the other hand are on top of the world as champions.
So with the Bay Area love, we have the following promotion. It had to happen. The Sharks need the buzz. The Warriors right now can do no wrong. This move is no surprise. This promotion is exactly what we might be seeing more of with the Warriors and their Bay Area sports neighbors.
I want this bobblehead. It will probably cost a pretty penny on eBay.
One of the biggest talking points for the Warriors this offseason was the future of David Lee. Lee had been a starter for the Warriors but lost his starting job when he got hurt. Since then, he had been riding the bench and even some games not even suit up. With $15 million owed to him next season, the Warriors knew they had to move him.
What Lee did this season was so professional. He didn’t complain about his demotion and played when he was called. He was a great mentor to the younger players and with his experience, he had a lot of wisdom to share. Even though he was here during the dark years, he knew that winning was more important than his personal gain. So he took the backseat this season. And he was vital to the Warriors’ championship run by playing some very important minutes.
The Warriors winning the championship was a dream come true to me and naturally I had to find a way to the parade. I knew that it was going to be hard to get up to the Bay from LA but I figured it out. I would take a midnight bus from LA up to Oakland. I arrived at the West Oakland BART station at 6:20 in the morning and took a one station stop to Lake Merritt.
Walking to the rally location was quite an adventure. There were people camping their spots at least a few hours before I even got there and trying to find my friends was really difficult. But once I got to a nice spot on the grass with the lake right behind me, it was a great view of the stage.
Patience is hard to come by when you’re a fan of a franchise that has struggled to reach the top for 40 years. It’s hard to believe that something good can happen when everything wrong has happened. I didn’t think that the enduring pain of seeing the Warriors falter for so many years would go away.
Yet tonight, all that pain and suffering was washed away. Just like that.
Being a Warriors fan wasn’t easy growing up. I was in first grade when I mimicked my first basketball player. That was Chris Mullin. I thought the Warriors were the best. But in the following years, we would see bad trades, bad coaches and bad play. Yet I stuck with them. I didn’t know any better. But I knew that they were the team I fell in love with first and I would stick with them. They were my home team. They represented me. I represented them.