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Golden State Warriors
The GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California
Oakland, California
. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division . The Warriors play their home games at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors have reached nine NBA Finals
NBA Finals
, winning five NBA championships in 1947 , 1956 , 1975 , 2015 and 2017 . Golden State's five NBA championships are tied for fourth-most in NBA history with the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
, and behind only the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(17), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and Chicago Bulls (6)
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1967 NBA Playoffs
The 1967 NBA PLAYOFFS was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1966-67 season . The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
defeating the Western Division champion San Francisco Warriors 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
. It was the 76ers' second NBA title in franchise history; their first had come in 1955 as the Syracuse Nationals . The Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
were denied the chance to win their ninth straight championship, though they would win the title the following two seasons. The expansion Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
made the playoffs in their debut season, and the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
returned to the postseason for the first time since 1959
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Forbes
FORBES (/fɔːrbz/ ) is an American business magazine. Published bi-weekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes
Forbes
also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, politics, and law. Its headquarters is located in Jersey City , New Jersey. Primary competitors in the national business magazine category include Fortune and Bloomberg Businessweek
Bloomberg Businessweek
. The magazine is well known for its lists and rankings, including of the richest Americans (the Forbes 400 ), of the world's top companies (the Forbes Global 2000 ), and The World\'s Billionaires . The motto of Forbes
Forbes
magazine is "The Capitalist Tool". Its chairman and editor-in-chief is Steve Forbes , and its CEO is Mike Perlis
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1964 NBA Playoffs
The 1964 NBA PLAYOFFS was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1963–64 season . The tournament concluded with the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
defeating the Western Division champion San Francisco Warriors 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
. Boston earned their 6th straight and 7th overall NBA title, as they continued to dominate the decade; except for 1967, they won every NBA title in the 1960s. This was the San Francisco Warriors' first trip to the NBA Finals since 1956 when they were based in Philadelphia; they would make a repeat appearance in 1967 and (as the Golden State Warriors) would earn the franchise's third championship in 1975
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1956 NBA Playoffs
The 1956 NBA PLAYOFFS was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1955-56 season . The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors
defeating the Western Conference champion Fort Wayne Pistons 4 games to 1 in the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
. It was the Warriors' second NBA title; their first was in 1947 back when the NBA was known as the BAA. They would have to wait until 1975 to taste championship gold again; by that time they had moved to the Bay Area and become the Golden State Warriors. Philadelphia's later team, the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
, would win the title in 1967 . This was the Pistons' second straight trip to the NBA Finals, but they would not make another appearance until 1988 as the Detroit Pistons
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Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame
The NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
. It serves as the sport's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball . Dedicated to Canadian
Canadian
physician and inventor of the sport James Naismith , it was opened and inducted its first class in 1959. As of the induction of the Class of 2016 on September 9, 2016, the Hall has formally inducted 354 individuals
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Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (/ˌfɪləˈdɛlfiə/ ) is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area , as of 2016 . Philadelphia
Philadelphia
is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley
Delaware Valley
, located along the lower Delaware
Delaware
and Schuylkill Rivers, within both the Mid-Atlantic region and the Northeast megalopolis . The Delaware
Delaware
Valley's population of 7.2 million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States
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Basketball Association Of America
The BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (BAA) was a professional basketball league in North America, founded in 1946. Following its third season, 1948–49, the BAA and the National Basketball
Basketball
League (NBL) merged to create the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). The Philadelphia Warriors
Philadelphia Warriors
won the inaugural BAA championship in 1947, followed by the Baltimore Bullets and the Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
in 1948 and 1949, respectively. Six teams from the BAA remain in operation in the NBA as of the 2012–13 season , three who co-founded the league in 1946 and three who joined it from the NBL in 1948 (below ). The inaugural BAA season began with 11 teams, of which four dropped before the second season. One ABL team joined to provide 8 teams for 1947–48 and four NBL teams joined to provide 12 for 1948–49
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San Francisco Bay Area
The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (referred to locally as the BAY AREA) is a populous region surrounding the San Francisco and San Pablo estuaries in Northern California . The region encompasses the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Jose , San Francisco , and Oakland , along with smaller urban and rural areas. The Bay Area's nine counties are Alameda , Contra Costa , Marin , Napa , San Francisco , San Mateo , Santa Clara , Solano , and Sonoma . Home to approximately 7.68 million people, the nine-county Bay Area contains many cities, towns, airports, and associated regional, state, and national parks , connected by a network of roads, highways, railroads, bridges, tunnels, and commuter rail
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Boston Celtics
The BOSTON CELTICS are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts
. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division . Founded in 1946 and one of eight NBA teams (out of 23 total teams) to survive the league's first decade, the team is owned by Boston
Boston
Basketball
Basketball
Partners LLC . The Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden
TD Garden
, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston
Boston
Bruins . The franchise's 17 championships are the most of any NBA team, and account for 24.3 percent of all NBA championships since the league's founding in 1946
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NBA Most Valuable Player Award
The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA) award given since the 1955–56 season to the best performing player of the regular season . The winner receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, which is named in honor of the first commissioner (then president) of the NBA, who served from 1946 until 1963. Until the 1979–80 season , the MVP was selected by a vote of NBA players. Since the 1980–81 season , the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each first-place vote is worth 10 points; each second-place vote is worth seven; each third-place vote is worth five, fourth-place is worth three and fifth-place is worth one. Starting from 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting
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Rick Welts
RICK WELTS (born c. 1953) is an American sports executive, serving as the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to that post, Welts had also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Suns from July 2002 until September 9, 2011. From 1996 to 1999, he was the third-highest-ranking official in the NBA as its Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. BIOGRAPHYBorn in Seattle , Washington , Welts attended the University of Washington where he joined the Delta Chi Fraternity. He worked for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1969 to 1979 in various capacities, from an initial stint as a ballboy to director of public relations when the SuperSonics won their (to date) only NBA Championship in 1979
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Chicago Bulls
The CHICAGO BULLS are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
. The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division . The team was founded on January 16, 1966. The team plays its home games at the United Center , an arena shared with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL). The Bulls saw their greatest success during the 1990s, when they were responsible for popularizing the NBA worldwide. They are known for having one of the NBA's greatest dynasties, winning six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats . All six championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson
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1975 NBA Playoffs
The 1975 NBA PLAYOFFS was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association 's 1974–75 season . The tournament concluded with the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors defeating the Eastern Conference champion Washington Bullets 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals . Rick Barry was named NBA Finals MVP . The Warriors won their third NBA title and first since 1956 as the Philadelphia Warriors. The playoff format was revised again, as the result of which the first two finishers in each division were guaranteed playoff berths, along with the best third-place team from each conference. Once each conference's qualifiers were selected, they were seeded 1–5, with the fourth and fifth seeds playing a best-of-three series, with the victor advancing to play the first seed in a best-of-seven semifinal, while the second and third seeds played the other semifinal
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San Antonio Spurs
The SAN ANTONIO SPURS are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas
Texas
. The Spurs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division . The team plays its home games at the AT they have not missed the playoffs in the 20 seasons since Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs in 1997. With their 50th win in the 2016–17 season, the Spurs extended their record for most consecutive 50-win seasons to 18 (the 1998–99 season was shortened to 50 games because of a lockout and based on their win percentage of .740, would have easily surpassed 50 wins in an 82-game season, and thus extend the record by 2 more seasons)
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