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One of baseball's best rivalries takes center stage once again as the Los Angeles Dodgers battle the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. On this day, however, both teams will be paying tribute to legendary trailblazer Jackie Robinson, with all players wearing the historic No. 42. The Dodgers are using a huge payroll to try and retake the NL West, with ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw and budding superstar Yasiel Puig leading the way. The Giants have their own designs on a division title, with catcher Buster Posey and top starter Matt Cain carrying the load. Learn More
The Golden State Warriors began their history as the Philadelphia Warriors, which they remained until 1962. Today the Warriors play in the Arena in Oakland, California, and wear jerseys of blue, white, and gold.
The Philadelphia Warriors won the first championship of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the forerunner of the NBA, in 1947 with a team that featured high-scoring guard Joe Fulks. In 1956 the Warriors won their first NBA title, sparked by future Hall of Fame members Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston. A second NBA title came in 1975 behind the high-scoring trio of Rick Barry, Clifford Ray, and Jamaal Wilkes. While playing for the Warriors in 1962, basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA single-game record by scoring 100 points.
The Warriors relocated to San Francisco, California, in 1962, after their owner sold the club to a group of investors. With Chamberlain, guard Guy Rogers, and center Nate Thurman, the San Francisco Warriors won the Western Division in 1964 before falling to the Celtics in the NBA Finals. The next season the Warriors traded Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers and finished poorly. Sharp-shooting rookie guard Rick Barry joined the club in the 1965-66 season and led the league in scoring, averaging 35.6 points per game. That season the Warriors again won the Western Division, but they were defeated in the NBA Finals by their former star Chamberlain and the 76ers.
Barry moved to the rival American Basketball Association (ABA) in 1967, and Warriors' attendance declined through the late 1960s. In 1971 the team moved to Oakland and took the name Golden State Warriors. Barry rejoined the Warriors in the 1972-73 season, and in 1975 the Warriors won the Western Conference championship with Barry, rookie forward Jamaal Wilkes, and center Clifford Ray. The trio of stars was guided by head coach Alvin Attles, who emphasized a team-oriented strategy. In the NBA Finals the Warriors defeated the Washington Bullets in an upset for the NBA crown.
Led by head coach Don Nelson, the team put together a fast-paced attack in the late 1980s and early 1990s, spurred by high-scoring guards Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond and forward Chris Mullen. In 1989 guard Sarunas Marciulionis joined the Warriors as the first NBA player from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Forward Chris Webber emerged as an NBA standout during the 1993-94 season.
Today the team features a strong lineup of players, including such standouts as Jason Richardson, Mike Dunleavy and Derek Fisher. With strong, young talent, the Warriors play up-tempo and exciting basketball that is sure to delight fans of all ages.