Warriors head to the playoffs

By staff writers Brenden Dalipe and Ronan Johns

73 and 400. For anyone who hasn’t heard about the Golden State Warriors, they’ve recently destroyed the records for most wins in NBA history with a win-to-loss ratio of 73-9, and the record for most 3-pointers in NBA history (by Stephen Curry) with more than 400! Klay Thompson of the Warriors had the third-most 3-pointers in NBA history as well with 276!

49cf41a1-fec7-4a23-95eb-07a4083b6878The Warriors began their career in 1946 known as the Philadelphia Warriors, as part of the BAA, or the Basketball Association of America. A man named Franklin Mieuli bought the majority shares of the Warriors and moved them to the San Francisco Bay Area (renamed the San Francisco Warriors). In 1971, the Warriors became the Golden State team we all know and love. In 1986, Jim Fitzgerald and Dan Finnane bought the Warriors. Then in 1995, Christopher J. Cohan took control of the Warriors, and renovated what’s now known as the Oracle Arena. However, the Warriors only won two different seasons and only got one trip to the playoffs.

Then, in 2010, Peter Guber became the Co-Executive Chairman of the Warriors. Guber and a man named Joe Lacob bought 12 acres of land in San Francisco to build a new arena being opened sometime around 2018 and 2019.

The Warriors’ most recent logo (the Bay Bridge, as seen) is supposed to serve as the link between the Warriors’ earlier 743589c0-6ba0-401c-84bd-69b0520e004fheadquarters, San Francisco, and its current headquarters in Oakland. Over time, the Warriors have changed their logo ten times. Their current logo is the Eastern Span of the Bay Bridge and a spin-off of “The City” logo. The logo took 18 months of design by the team, the NBA, and Adidas. The colors used in the making of the logo are Royal Blue and California Golden Yellow.

The Warriors have played in seven NBA Championships, but won only four: 1947, 1956, 1975, and 2015. The other times they lost were in the years 1948, 1964, and 1967. The Warriors are playing in the playoffs again in 2016!

The Warriors’ team includes Stephen Curry (point guard), Klay Thompson (shooting guard), Draymond Green (power forward), Andre Iguodala (small forward), Anderson Varejão (center), Andrew Bogut (center), Harrison Barnes (small forward), Festus Ezeli (center), James Michael McAdoo (power forward), Mareese Speights (center), Shaun Livingston (point guard), Leandro Barbosa (point guard), Kevon Looney (power forward), Ian Clark (shooting guard), and Brandon Rush (small forward).

We asked Bay Farm 5th grader Gabriel Garcia who he really thought was MVP on the team, he said that “I think Steph is MVP – he made 400 3s.” When he learned about Steph’s sprained ankle, he said that “the Warriors will be fine – the Rockets aren’t that big of a deal – everyone just needs to pitch in.” 

unnamedWe also asked 6th grader Tommy Igo who his favorite player is. “Steph Curry – he’s MVP,” he said. Which is true – he was named the MVP in both 2015 and 2016.

The Golden State Warriors will go up against the Houston Rockets during the playoffs, with Steph Curry nursing a sprained ankle.

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