Leading Off

It’s the Warriors’ turn to shine upon the Bay

This, that and the other thing:

▪ Finally, the Warriors get their day in the Bay Area sun.

The “Dubs” – as the Warriors are affectionately known by this generation of fans – have long played in the shadows of the 49ers and Giants, the Raiders and A’s, and even the San Jose Sharks.

It’s hard to grab big headlines when you’ve pretty much been irrelevant since the short-lived era of “Run TMC” – Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin – in the late 1980s.

Now most of Northern California is pulling for the Warriors, the same team that won just one more game than the Kings in 2011-12 and is just four wins shy, against the Cleveland Cavaliers, for its first NBA championship since 1975.

▪ In the 1975 NBA Finals, the late Bill King did radio play-by-play. King, if you’re too young to recall, was the voice for all Oakland pro sports teams – A’s, Raiders and Warriors. Although he gained more fame for his football and baseball calls, he was a master at describing basketball. Nothing against Tim Roy’s play-by-play, but it would have been fun to listen to King describe Stephen Curry’s shooting heroics. ... “Warriors, down by three with 2.8 seconds left. ... Curry from the corner! ... HOLY TOLEDO!”

▪ Before the Kings arrived in 1985, most NBA fans in Sacramento cheered for the Warriors. Many of us remember taking in games at the Cow Palace in San Francisco before the team moved to Oakland and changed its name to Golden State. And I can still see World B. Free’s high-arching jump shots seemingly scrape the ceiling in Oakland.

▪ Apparently there’s a good reason Bill Duffy isn’t a doctor. On Thursday, Duffy, the agent for Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, said his client was feeling much better and didn’t have a concussion after taking a knee to the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza. Even though Thompson will have more than a week to recover for Game 1 on Thursday, it wouldn’t be a shock if he misses the first two games in Oakland.

Victor Contreras: (916) 326-5527, @sacbeevictor


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