The Warriors wanted respect in 2015. They wanted to show the world they weren’t lucky in 2016. They wanted to hush those 3-1 blown-lead joke tellers in 2017. But what will they rely on in 2017-18, when there is nothing left to prove?
It all starts with a ring ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments, pass out championship rings, and raise a banner to forever remember their season.
Their last championship chase was so dominant that they pushed their closest rival to split, made others with no hope tap out until the Warriors call it quits, and forced would-be challengers to cross their fingers and hope they’ll find reward in risky combinations.
Commissioner Adam Silver started the event by introducing the 2016-17 champions. After the name of each executive, coach and player was announced to the sold-out crowd, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber distributed the rings to the Warriors personnel.
Stephen Curry lead a countdown from five to raise the franchise's new banner. The crowd erupted with cheers when the banner was revealed. The Warriors have been to three straight NBA Finals, winning two of three.
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