Golden State Warriors Tickets
The Golden State Warriors, also known as the “Dubs”, are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. They play in the Western Conference Pacific Division of the NBA. The Warriors were founded in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors. The Philadelphia Warriors played in Philadelphia till 1962. During the same year, the team moved to San Francisco and was renamed the San Francisco Warriors. The San Francisco Warriors played in the NBA from 1962 to 1971. In 1971, the franchise once again moved and this time to Oakland and was rechristened as the Golden State Warriors.
The team plays its home games at the Oracle Arena and has won 4 NBA Championships. If you are looking for Golden State Warriors tickets then click here.
The Philadelphia Warriors (1946-1962)
The Philadelphia Warriors were founded in 1946 and played in Basketball Association of America (BAA). The team was owned by Peter A. Tyrrell, who hired Eddie Gottlieb as the team’s coach and general manager. The Philadelphia Warriors were named after an old basketball team of the same name based in Philadelphia, which played in the American Basketball League (ABL) in 1925.
The Philadelphia Warriors, under the leadership of its star player Joe Fulks, won the league’s inaugural 1946-47 season championship by defeating the Chicago Stags. The NBA, which was formed in 1949, recognizes this as its own first championship. So the Philadelphia Warriors were the first NBA Champions.
The Philadelphia Warriors once again won the NBA Championship during the 1955-56 season, after defeating the Fort Wayne Pistons. During the 1950’s, the Philadelphia Warriors had all-star players such as Neil Johnston, Tom Gola and Paul Arizin. Wilt Chamberlain was drafted into the team in 1959.
The San Francisco Warriors (1962-1971)
In 1962, the team’s ownership changed and it was bought by Franklin Mieuli and the team relocated to San Francisco. The team was renamed the San Francisco Warriors and started to play their home games at the Cow Palace in Dale City. The team later played their home games at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. During the 1960’s, the Warriors drafted Nate Thurmond to go along with Chamberlain. Chamberlain was however traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. As the San Francisco Warriors, the team made it to the NBA Finals twice but lost both times.
The Golden State Warriors (1971 – Present)
In 1971, the team’s name was changed to the Golden State Warriors to suggest that it represents the whole of California in the NBA. From 1971 to 1977, the Warriors made the playoffs every season (1974 being the only exception). During the 1974-75 season, the team won the NBA Championship. It was then considered the biggest upset in the NBA history, as the Washington Bullets were the favorites to win the championship. It was the team of all-star players such as Jamaal Wilkes and Rick Barry, coached by Al Attles.
The Golden State Warriors were not so impressive during the 1978-1987 period. Their star players had either retired or left for other teams. Al Attles became the general manager of the team. Other changes in the coaching staff were also made, including the hiring of George Karl as the head coach. Under Karl, the Warriors made it to the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1987. For the Warriors, their point guard Sleepy Floyd rose to the occasion scoring 29 points in a quarter and 39 points in a half, which is still an NBA playoff record. This game came to be known as the “Sleepy Floyd game”.
From 1987 till 2015, the Golden State Warriors saw many ups and down, but failed to win any title of substance in the NBA. This would change in the unlikely 2014-15 season.
2014-15: Back to Glory
At the start of this season, no one could have predicted the Warriors’ ultimate victory. There was a lot of turmoil within the coaching staff. Nevertheless, the team finished their regular season with 67-15 record, a new franchise record. Their win-loss record on their home court was even better – 39-2 – second best in the history of the NBA. They were the best in defense and the second best in offense. One of their all-star players, Stephen Curry was named the MVP for the 2014-15 season. Curry became the second player in the franchise history to achieve this feat after Wilt Chamberlain.
In the playoffs, the Warriors defeated formidable opponents such as the Houston Rockets, the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans to advance to the NBA Finals – the first since 1975. In the finals, they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their fourth NBA Championship – the first in 40 years.
The NBA finals were historic otherwise too. Two of the Warriors best players, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson together scored 525-three pointers, which is an NBA record.
Sports Illustrated Top 25 NBA players of 2017
In 2017, Sports Illustrated published its own list of the Top 25 NBA players of 2017. In which, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were ranked at no.2, 3, 13 and 19 positions respectively. These players are also called the “Fantastic Four” of the Golden State Warriors.
Hall of Famers and Retired Numbers
Since 1946, 18 players have made it into the Warriors’ Hall of Fame. These include the likes of Joe Fulks, Andy Phillip, Paul Arizin, Neil Johnston, Tom Gola, Guy Rodgers, Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Rick Barry, Jerry Lucas, Jamaal Wilkes, Robert Parish, Jo Jo White, Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Ralph Samson, Mitch Richmond, and Sarunas Marciulionis.
The franchise has retired the numbers of Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Al Attles and Tom Meschery.
The Warriors: 2015-16
The team had had an excellent season, seeing them win both their conference and division titles. They made the playoffs, and went all the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-4. The team is expected to play even better this season and therefore their tickets are now available. If you are looking for Golden State Warriors tickets, then click here.