Profile of the Golden State Warriors, who beat the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to win their third NBA championship in four seasons.
– NBA titles: Six (2018, 2017, 2015, 1975, 1956, 1947)
– The franchise was founded in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors, a charter member of the Basketball Association of America.
– Won a championship in the inaugural season of the BAA, a league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association after its third season.
– Captured their second championship in Philadelphia in the 1955-56 season during an era that included future Basketball Hall of Famers Paul Arizin, Tom Gola and Neil Johnston.
– In 1959, the Warriors signed draft pick Wilt Chamberlain. Known as “Wilt the Stilt,” the athletic, 7-foot-1 Chamberlain led the league in scoring his first seven seasons, shattering NBA records and changing the style of play forever.
– Relocated to San Francisco in 1962 and were renamed as the San Francisco Warriors.
– In 1971, the Warriors moved across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, and changed their geographic name to Golden State to symbolize the entire state of California.
– Won their first NBA title on the West Coast in 1975 when they pulled off a major upset by sweeping the heavily favored Washington Bullets in four games.
– Warriors finished the 2015-16 regular season with a 73-19 record, eclipsing the previous mark (72-10) set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls during the 1995-96 season.
– Starting point guard Stephen Curry emerged as one of the game’s most gifted shooters of all time and is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player.
– Head coach: Steve Kerr. A five-time NBA champion as a player, Kerr in 2015 became the first rookie coach to win an NBA title since the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pat Riley in 1982.
– In 2017 the Warriors set a record by winning their first 15 games of the playoffs, one win short of an unprecedented perfect postseason run.
– 2017-18 regular season record: 58-24, third overall
– Path to Finals: Won Pacific Division; Beat San Antonio 4-0 in Western Conference quarter-finals; beat New Orleans 4-1 in conference semi-finals; beat Houston 4-3 in conference final.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Cleveland; Editing by Ian Ransom