Stephen Curry held the Larry O’Brien Trophy, his wife and children beside him. He got off his bus and hopped and shouted as he gave high-fives to the crowd. Kevin Durant, the finals’ most valuable player, rode on a different bus with his mother.
The Warriors went 15-1 in this year’s postseason, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers in five games in the finals. The parade wound through downtown Oakland, Calif., where fans in Warriors shirts and hats cheered their favorite players.
“Oakland represents all of us,” Coach Steve Kerr told KTVU-TV. “You’ve got people of every race, color, religion, creed, whatever, and everybody’s just coming together and loving this team.”
JERRY WEST EYES CLIPPERS The Hall of Famer Jerry West is leaving his job as an executive board member with the Warriors and is expected to take a similar role with the Los Angeles Clippers. West, 79, who has been with the Warriors since 2011, told ESPN he was intrigued at the prospect of working for the Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, whom he called “a winner.”
Pinch-Hit Homer Boosts Indians
The pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall connected for a three-run homer and had five runs batted in as the Cleveland Indians salvaged the finale of a three-game series by beating the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, 12-5. The rookie Cody Bellinger homered again for the Dodgers, his 18th in 47 games.
TWINS’ GIMENEZ HOMERS TWICE Chris Gimenez homered twice for the first time in his big league career, Eduardo Escobar sparked a five-run first inning for Minnesota with a two-run shot, and Jose Berrios (6-1) and the host Twins beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-2.
Oregon State Pitcher Will Stay Behind
Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl, will not accompany the Beavers to the College World Series. Details about the molestation were revealed last week in a story published by The…