OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - The Golden State Warriors will meet LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year. On Wednesday, both teams held their Media Day.
The gathering is not as crazy as the Super Bowl's Media Day, but it's still a sight to see. More than 1,000 credentials were issued for the event held at Oracle Arena. From ESPN reporters to talk show personality Guillermo Rodriquez, nearly everyone showed up.
And while there was a few silly moments, the talk of the arena was centered around the familiarity of the finals.
"Feels like ages ago that I saw them for my first NBA championship, and now to be doing it for a fourth year in a row, I wouldn't have guessed that, so it's pretty remarkable," said guard Klay Thompson. "It's just cool to be a part of history."
Despite the grueling series with the Rockets that went seven games, Warriors fans shouldn't worry about player's focus.
"We're not satisfied," said forward Kevin Durant on transitioning from a finals-like series with the Houston Rockets to the actual finals with the Cavs. "We're glad we're playing still, but we want to finish the job."
As for the Cavs linchpin, LeBron James, he knows what he's up against. "Golden State is the one of the best teams I've ever played against. One of the best teams that's ever been assembled," he said. "And then they added Kevin Durant."
But that well-assembled squad will be playing without a key piece of their success. Andre Iguodala has been ruled out for Game 1 as he works to bounce back from the bruised knee he suffered in Game 3.
"I'm just trying to figure out how to move in general, but I'm making some progress, slower that we expected," Iguodala said. "But even if you're not out there, you're just enjoying it. 'Why sulk and why be down on yourself?' The situation is what it is."
With or without Iguodala, the Warriors are the biggest favorites to win in the Finals since 2001. They'll host the Cavs at home on Thursday at 6:00 p.m.