For the third time in four years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA champions. They beat Lebron James and the Cavaliers soundly Friday night by the final score of 108-85.
These two teams have faced each other in each of the past four years, with the Cavs winning one in 2016. This time the Warriors swept the Cavs. This dynasty is stacking up NBA Championship trophies now while they are still in Oakland. Something the Raiders have vowed that they would like to do as well.
The two teams are both slated to leave their homes in Oakland in a couple years for new digs elsewhere.
For the Warriors, it’s not much of a move, really. It’s a return across the Bay to San Francisco where the former Philadelphia franchise played for their first ten years the the Bay Area from 1962 to 1971. Their new arena is slated to open for the 2019-20 season.
A few months after the Warriors move a few miles west, the Raiders will head much farther away than a BART ride. They are heading to another state, with their new stadium in Las Vegas scheduled to open in time for the 2020 season.
In the final two seasons in Oakland, the Raiders would very much like to be doing what the Warriors are doing tonight — hoisting a championship trophy. The Warriors have done it that last two seasons and will have one more season to try to keep the dynasty going.
The Raiders will have two more seasons to try and do the same. They have hoisted two Lombardi Trophies in Oakland, with the last one following the 1980 season. Their third Super Bowl championship was won in Los Angeles in 1983.
Congrats to the Warriors on their sixth franchise championship and their fourth in Oakland.