If The Warriors Win The NBA Title, The Parade Will Be Guaranteed Town Biz

Let me get this out the way right now.

I'm born and raised from Oklahoma. I lived the majority of my 20s in Cincinnati, Ohio. For nearly the last three years of my life, I have been a resident of Oakland, California.

There's nothing on this planet that is like Oakland and I love it. (More on this shortly)

In related news, the topic du jour is that the Golden State Warriors are preparing to host their first NBA Finals series in 40 years. Somewhere, Rick Barry is making a snide comment, Al Attles is fixing his knot on his pristine suit and Steph Curry is working on the his flick of the wrist.

One of the conversations that has been under the radar here in the Bay Area is the dream of hosting a championship parade. Seeing the San Francisco Giants host three of them in the last five years in downtown on Market Street has became a regular spectacle for Bay Area sports fans. If the Warriors, based in Oakland, were to find a way to dethrone LeBron James and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, many have wondered whether the Warriors would host their parade in Oakland (where they reside) or in San Francisco (the big city in the Bay Area).

First noted last week and later re-confirmed on Thursday, reports surfaced that the mayors of Oakland and San Francisco have spoken and they've decided that the parade will be held in Oakland if the Golden State Warriors win the NBA Championship.

"Oakland has so much beauty," said Mayor Libby Schaaf. "All those great shots around our Lake Merritt, people walking on tightropes, our majestic cranes that guard our waterfront [...] it’s happening. I’ve invited (San Francisco) Mayor Lee to ride with me.”

There are many people who will read this and not understand what the big deal is. Heck, three years ago, I probably wouldn't understand either. You probably wouldn't understand unless you lived in the Bay Area. Let me try to humbly explain.

Because of the tech boom in Silicon Valley over the course of the last decade, the Bay Area has become the No. 1 living destination for anyone daring to dream in the tech industry. As such, places like San Francisco and San Jose have become the go-to cities for those who wish to tackle the industry created by companies like Google, Facebook, Intel and Twitter. To name a few. As a result, rents are too damn high (one time to Jimmy McMillian), all forms of transportation in the Bay Area can be a daily nightmare and the word "gentrification" is uttered by locals every 15 minutes. This doesn't mean that San Francisco and San Jose are bad places, no, they are awesome. However, things have definitely changed, for better or worse.

Then there's Oakland, where 'town bizness' is a way of life. Things are just different here. I've never been a place where being yourself was so embraced and so encouraged.

Of course, the wave of change has also come to Oakland in many ways. The rent is sky high in Oakland, protests and outrage are constant due to the revolutionary past of this city and the constant local and national headlines that involve police brutality, social and economic inequality and injustice towards minorities...oh, and the Golden State Warriors are in the process of taking their talents team across the Bay Bridge to setup shop where? Of course, San Francisco.

Golden State Warriors owner Peter Guber, at podium, gestures during an announcement in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, that the NBA basketball team wants to build a waterfront arena in San Francisco. The Warriors unveiled plans to build an arena at Piers 30-32. From left in the background are Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, master of ceremonies Ahmad Rashad, Warriors executive Jerry West and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.  The Warriors unveiled plans to build an arena at Piers 30-32. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ORG XMIT: FX110
Golden State Warriors owner Peter Guber, at podium, gestures during an announcement in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, that the NBA basketball team wants to build a waterfront arena in San Francisco. The Warriors unveiled plans to build an arena at Piers 30-32. From left in the background are Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, master of ceremonies Ahmad Rashad, Warriors executive Jerry West and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Warriors unveiled plans to build an arena at Piers 30-32. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ORG XMIT: FX110

The Warriors have served as one of the few shining lights in an East Bay landscape that includes the moribund and decrepit Raiders (which are also threatening to leave for Los Angeles) and baseball's biggest annual tease in the A's (which are always thinking about leaving for San Jose, if not for San Francisco's media rights claims). Sports fans of Oakland sports teams are very similar to the residents of Oakland, always the underdog, always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Ready for change to be made, ready for the fight if need be.

Now, with the Golden State Warriors on the precipice of winning their first NBA title in 40 years and the first in Oakland since the A's won it 26 years ago, the thought of having a championship parade across the bridge in San Francisco was on the table. In a world where no one cares about being fair, having the parade not in the city where the team plays would've been especially cruel. It would've been a devastating to Oakland.

However, with cooler heads prevailing and civic leaders signing off, the Warriors could possibly have a parade that goes from Broadway and Grand Avenue all the way down downtown and finishes off right on the water in Jack London Square. Riley Curry will give one of the greatest parade speeches of all-time. All walks of life will congregate in the streets to celebrate, the aroma of victory will be in the air, and E-40 will be sittin' in his scraper watching Oakland go wild. Town Bizness will be in full effect.

The good thing is, the only people that can prevent this parade from happening is LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. You know, instead of the people in power who could've messed up a possibly great thing.

2 Replies to “If The Warriors Win The NBA Title, The Parade Will Be Guaranteed Town Biz”

  1. "Revolutionary history"? Dude you really are from the east coast. Take it from some body that basically grew up between San Francisco and Oakland. Oaktown has NEVER had a leftist character or violent revolutionist character until it was taken over by socialists in the city government about 25 years ago starting with a buffoon named Elihu Harris. Under virtually every mayor right through the great Lionel Wilson, Oakland once had a booming middle class, and an even bigger black middle class. Every big time manufacturer you could imagine was on/in the industrial area bordered by E 14th St (the commie insurgents renamed it to International Bl) on the east and San Leandro Blvd (more or less) on the east. Don't even get me started on all the industry on the north west side of town. All of it was run out of town by commie environmentalists.There were once more black millionaires living in the city of Oakland than the rest of the United States put together. Your reference to "revolutionary" can only be about the Black Panthers' presence in the San Francisco and Oakland. Except the black population didn't embrace them as the liberal media did at the time and still attempt to romanticize to this day. As a young black child I saw the black neighborhoods in San Francisco explode and burn black homes and businesses to the ground in 1960's riots. The city of Oakland was the ONLY major city in the nation with a large black community that refused to participate in the self-destructive foolishness of the 1960s and 1970s. It wasn't until the communists and now outside infiltrator anarchists had taken over Oakland that the city began to fall apart. All manner of crap the black community of Oakland once steadfastly refused to embrace the gangs, drugs and violence that has flourished under the current anaconda socialist death grip the city finds itself in today. All of which forced me to move my family out of Oakland because I refused to sacrifice/bury one or all of them to the crazy people in charge of the current loony bin. Don't talk to me about parades when you don't know history. Will there be a parade in Oakland. Maybe. The owners are leftists but prefer the politically incorrect choice of San Francisco which they are adamant of moving the team back to. Arguing that the team was in Bootytown first and that the fans who support the team now with fannies in the seats will keep doing so in San Francisco. Perhaps, but I don't think so. I think they're fishing for a corporate class to pay for season ticket prices the declining middle class increasingly can't afford. Those folks wouldn't be caught dead in Oakland. Does the city of Oakland *deserve* the parade if they Dubs win? Not really. The FANS of the primarily Oakland/East Bay variety who supported the team through thick and thin for almost 5 decades deserve the parade. IF the Dubs can win the Finals. Las Vegas thinks so. Vegas haven't been wrong yet. I agree. All hands on deck, Dubs in 5.

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