The Golden State Warriors return home Friday with a shiny piece of new hardware: the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.
The Warriors captured their fourth title in eight seasons Thursday night after closing out the Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals back in Boston.
NBC Bay Area SkyRanger was above San Francisco International Airport when the team's plane touched down before 7 p.m.
Chase Center employees were the only ones there to greet them. Warriors star Draymond Green held the Larry O’Brien Trophy high as he along with Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and the rest of the team stepped foot back into the Bay Area Friday evening.
“Fantastic. We’re champs again nice to bring old Larry home, where he belongs. Like Draymond (Green) said it’s the Warriors Invitational,” Curry said.
It’s the team’s fourth championship in eight seasons as they defeated the Boston Celtics in six games in the NBA Finals.
Curry held on tight to something he earned for the first time in his career, the MVP finals trophy.
“To get the job done. It’s an emotional roller coaster. It’s a lot of work that goes into it the whole team is excited,” he said.
Some of them making this journey for the first time.
Curry and coach Steve Kerr spoke for the team. The Warriors head coach spoke about the team celebrating after the big win Thursday night.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m hungover,” Kerr said. “We had a great night last night, just celebrating with the team.”
The team had lot to celebrate as they overcame injuries and doubters. Just three seasons ago, the Warriors were the worst team in the NBA.
“This was the most unlikely championship of the four we’ve had here,” Kerr said.
The other three recent title wins were in Oakland.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed was also at SFO Airport, greeting the team and was excited about this win.
“People, who have been following the Warriors for so many years. To see this happen for the first time in San Francisco is almost unreal," she said.
What's also unreal to a lot of sports fans, is how many rings Kerr has between his coaching career and playing days.
“I’ve lost count,” he said.