Ric Bucher: After a 40-Year Wait, the Warriors Go from 'We Believe' to 'We Did'

BR StudiosFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2015

There will be a new banner in Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors are the 2014-2015 NBA champions. For the first time since 1975, the Warriors will sit on top of the basketball throne. It has been a historic season for Dub Nation.

The best team in the NBA from start to finish proved its dominant regular season was no fluke, handling LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games during this year's NBA Finals. The Warriors have displayed all year that they were the most versatile and deepest team in the league.

Even when forced to make adjustments that saw starting center Andrew Bogut limited to a bench role in the latter half of the series, the confidence and balance of the talented Warriors never wavered. If anything, the Dubs got better as the series pushed forward.

After falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Dubs once again proved their will and perseverance in bouncing back and fighting off the four-time MVP and his supporting cast behind a huge effort from this year's reigning MVP Stephen Curry, his Splash Brothers sidekick Klay Thompson and a massive contribution on both ends from 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala.

Finally, Warriors fans can rejoice after 40 years of heartbreak. First-year head coach Steve Kerr has led the darlings of the Bay Area to the summit of the National Basketball Association.

Watch the video above as Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher discusses what this title means to the franchise and its fans.