One million people in Oakland celebrate NBA champion Warriors

Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:17pm EDT
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By Emmett Berg

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - A crowd estimated at 1 million people in Oakland celebrated the NBA champion Golden State Warriors at a parade and rally on Friday, where league MVP Stephen Curry remarked on how things have changed since he went unrecognized in the city.

The street party came three days after the Warriors won the National Basketball Association title four games to two over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Warriors, who are NBA champions for the first time since 1975, along with team executives and invited guests rode through downtown Oakland streets before onlookers 25 rows deep, many of whom had staked out positions the previous evening. 

The crowd, which enjoyed a bright and cloudless day, was estimated at 1 million people, said Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.

The procession wound to Lake Merritt, a small expanse of water adjoining Oakland's downtown, where team members addressed the crowd clustered along a plaza and the lake's shoreline.

"I remember six years ago when I was drafted, I lived right here on Lake Merritt and I could walk around and not be recognized," Curry, a Warriors guard who was voted this year's league Most Valuable Player, told the crowd.

"Now we’re world champs. I’m so excited to be a part of this group."

More than two hours after the celebration began, a shooting erupted just outside a zone that had been secured for the parade and rally, Watson said.   Continued...

Jun 19, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; A double-decker bus travels down the street during the Golden State Warriors 2015 championship celebration in downtown Oakland. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports