NBA champion moves to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors march across San Francisco on Monday, claiming their fourth league title in eight years by defeating the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

This is the first time the Warriors have celebrated the championship in the city where the Chase Center is located, as the previous three championship parades passed through Oakland.

This decision was accepted a little disappointment from East Bay fans who saw their team move across the bay after the 2019 season.

At 6:30 a.m., almost five hours before the scheduled start time for the parade, both sides of Market Street were already filled with people in camping chairs and lying on blankets. Shouts of “Waaaaaarriors” echoed along the walls of the concrete corridor. Car horns blared in celebration.

Francisco Vazquez and Carlos Morales, both from San José, set out early in the morning.

“We got up at 3 a.m.,” Vasquez said. “My wife is still angry.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 20: Danielle Martinez of Santa Cruz woke up at 3:30 am today to take her front row seat at the championship parade
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 20: Danielle Martinez of Santa Cruz woke up at 3:30 AM this morning to take her front row seat at the Golden State Warriors Championship Parade on Market Street in San Francisco, California in Monday, 20 June. 2022. The Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics to win their fourth NBA championship in eight years. (Carl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Ivan Chavarria, 32, of Walnut Creek, wore a Klay Thompson No. 11 jersey as he stood on a BART train bound for San Francisco.

He said he grew up in Oakland, went through a lot of hard times as a kid and was hit with four titles in eight years.

“I never thought I’d see us be so good,” he said. “It’s stunning.”

He said he wore the Thompson jersey as inspiration on his journey.

“I tore my (left) anterior cruciate ligament in my knee while playing football,” he said. “I watched a lot of his videos about his comeback and listened to what he had to say about it. It inspired me to come back.”

Like Chavarria, Patty Quea was one of the many blue-and-gold-clad fans who hopped the BART train to Walnut Creek after she arrived from Dixon.

“It’s not that we haven’t done this before,” Queah said. But this is the sweetest.

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