If the Golden State Warriors can finish off the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals in Tuesday’s Game 6 in Cleveland, the welcome they receive on arriving home could rival the one they received in 1975 after Golden State’s only other NBA title win.
On May 26, 1975, the Warriors beat the Washington Bullets in Landover, Maryland, completing an improbable four-game sweep of the highly-favored Bullets.
KPIX ARCHIVE: Golden State Warriors Arrive At SFO After Winning 1974-1975 NBA Championship
Many hours later, a crowd of several thousand people swarmed the arrival gate at San Francisco International Airport for the late night arrival of the newly-crowned NBA champions.
Footage from KPIX showed Finals MVP Rick Barry, rookies Phil Smith and Jamaal Wilkes (known at the time as Keith Wilkes), head coach Al Attles and a sea of fans swarming over their conquering heroes.
Even though the Warriors had been playing in Oakland for years, the team celebrated their championship with a parade in San Francisco and a rally at the city’s Union Square on May 30, 1975.