Can’t be there for the Golden State Warriors victory parade Friday? No problem. Watch live online as the newly-crowned NBA Champions roll through the streets of Oakland, joining thousands of fans in a city-wide party to celebrate the first NBA title for the franchise since 1975.
To find out how to easily watch the Golden State Warriors parade live online for free, see the information at the bottom of this article. The parade is scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. in Oakland on Friday morning, June 19. That’s 1 p.m. Eastern Time.
And just in case you are planning to attend the parade in Oakland, bear in mind that parking restrictions along the parade route remain in effect from Thursday at 8 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday. However, supporters of the Golden State Warriors are able to take their places along the route starting at 5 a.m. on Friday.
The Warriors, of course, won the 2014/2015 NBA Championship when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night 105-97 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals 4-2.
With 67 wins against just 15 losses, Golden State also posted the best record in the NBA regular season as well.
The last time the Warriors won an NBA Championship, they were led by two NBA Hall of Famers, forwards Rick Barry and Jamaal Wilkes, who were inducted into the Springfield, Massachusetts, Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 and 2012, respectively.
This year, league MVP Stephen Curry guided the Warriors to their championship, just the fourth in the history of the Warriors franchise dating all the way back to the team’s origins in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Warriors won the NBA Championship in the 1955-1956 season. The franchise also won one championship in the NBA’s predecessor league, the Basketball Association of America, in the first season of that league’s existence, 1946/1947. Two years later, the BAA merged with the rival National Basketball League to form what still exists today as the National Basketball Association.
The Warriors remained in Philadelphia until 1962, when they moved to the Bay Area and became known as the San Francisco Warriors, playing home games in the Cow Palace, an arena located in the San Francisco suburb of Daly City, and then in the San Francisco Civic Auditorium until 1967 — when the team moved across the bay into the home they’ve occupied ever since, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, today known as Oracle Arena.
With the 1971/1972 season, the team changed its name from “San Francisco” to “Golden State.” The long journey has finally brought the Warriors to their latest Championship, which they will mark with Friday’s parade.
ESPN3 will carry the parade exclusively. Log in at this link with credentials from almost any cable provider to watch the Golden State Warriors parade live online for free on a computer, or watch on mobile and set-top devices with the WatchESPN app. ESPN3 is free to subscribers of almost any major internet service provider and dozens of smaller ISPs. For a complete list, check this link, or try the instructions at this link if you do not have an account with an ISP that carries ESPN3.
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