The Golden State Warriors are set to celebrate their 2022 NBA championship with a parade in downtown San Francisco on Monday, but this year's festivities will be slightly toned down.
According to Kylen Mills of Kron 4 News in the Bay Area, there will not be a rally before or after the parade, and players won't be making any public speeches. Instead, the Warriors will reportedly broadcast their speeches from a private ceremony an hour before the parade starts.
Kylen Mills @KylenMills
WARRIORS PARADE UPDATE: I'm told the players will not be doing any public speeches & there will not be any rally before or after the parade (like the Giants have done at Civic Center).They will give speeches at 10:20am in a private ceremony which will be broadcast. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DubNation?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DubNation</a>
John Dickinson @JDJohnDickinson
Very similar/same format to 2018 in Oakland if memory serves. There was a “made for TV” style interview session w/players in private/VIP area, then parade to follow. No rally at end like there had been in 2015/17. <a href="https://t.co/y8171varky">https://t.co/y8171varky</a>
Kylen Mills @KylenMills
While there won't be a rally with player speeches - the parade is supposed to last nearly 3 hours while the route is just over a mile, meaning they will be stopping and surely there will be chances to interact. You can still be a part of celebrations! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dubnation?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dubnation</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/goldblooded?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#goldblooded</a> <a href="https://t.co/B8D0pqd8wO">https://t.co/B8D0pqd8wO</a>
Golden State's championship parade is set to begin at 2:20 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on NBA TV.
It's the fourth title celebration in eight years for the Warriors, who defeated the Boston Celtics in six games in the 2022 NBA Finals. This year's championship run was defined by Golden State's resiliency and grit against spirited competition.
Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry, who was named Finals MVP for the first time in his accomplished career, explained why this season's title meant more than the previous ones.
"This one is definitely different because of the three years of baggage we carried coming out of that Game 6 in 2019," Curry said, referring to that year's loss to the Toronto Raptors. "I can say it now, I don't know how many teams could carry that as long as we have with the expectations of comparing us now to teams of past and make it to the mountaintop again."
Even though there will not be a rally on Monday, Golden State fans will surely be excited to celebrate another championship for the Bay Area.