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HCA: Klay Thompson celebrates third NBA championship in style

For the third time in four years, Klay Thompson and the Warriors took to the streets of Oakland with an NBA championship in hand.

NBA: Golden State Warriors-Championship Parade Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

For the fourth time in five years, a former Washington State Cougar basketball player is celebrating an NBA Championship. The first was Aron Baynes with the Spurs in 2014. The three other all belong to Klay Thompson with the Warriors.

Last Friday, Golden State finished their sweep of Cleveland with a 108-85 game four win over Cleveland. Today, the Warriors took to the streets of Oakland to celebrate with 1 million of their closest friends.

Like most championship parades, things got a little interesting. The team had $500,000 worth of booze on the float and bus. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for Jordan Bell who ran out of Hennessy and took a bottle from a fan in the crowd. That was just one highlight from the mile-and-a-half long route.

But we’re going to focus the rest of this piece on the normally quiet and reserved Klay Thompson. While walking the parade route, the former WSU guard reenacted the locker room celebration with the crowd.

After the festivities, Klay talked about the day, saying he was happy to lead the pack through the crowd of Warriors faithful. “I’ve been lucky to have the first bus now three years out of four,” Thompson told NBC Sports Bay Area reporter, and fellow Coug, Kerith Burke. “I set the tone. Try and be happy. Go out and spray some bottles of champagne, smile a lot.”

But, after a long day of celebration and day drinking, Klay is just like the rest of us.

Enjoy that sandwich, Klay. You deserve it.


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