OAKLAND, CALIF. – There are even more discussed droughts in rain-deprived Northern California this week.
Cleveland hasn't won a sports championship in 51 years, the longest of any city with at least three major professional teams. The Warriors are in the finals for the first time since winning the title in 1975, and the city of Oakland hasn't had a title-winning team since the Athletics won the World Series in 1989.
LeBron James, who captured two titles with the Miami Heat, came back to northeast Ohio to bring a championship home. He's four victories away from doing just that.
"It's part of my motivation. I understand the drought our city has been in as far as a major championship, so it's a huge motivation inside of me," he said.
The Warriors can relate.
After decades of bad drafts, terrible trades and lots of losses, they're back on basketball's biggest stage. At this point, there's no settling for second in Oakland, especially after watching the San Francisco Giants celebrate three World Series champions in the past five years.
"We set a goal at the beginning of the season to win a world championship, and we're in a position to possibly do that, and that's our focus," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "If we lose, nobody cares that you were ever here. Special enough isn't just getting here. So we've got to finish the deal."
Silver: Faith in FIBA
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said there has been "absolutely no suggestion" of any wrongdoing with basketball's international governing body like the scandal that has rocked soccer.
Silver expressed his confidence in FIBA, noting that the NBA has a seat on its board.
"Their financials are audited. They have open board meetings," Silver said. "And, again, there's never been a discussion in our sport of any of the sort of taint that we're seeing right now in FIFA."
The NBA and FIBA work on some projects jointly, such as a recent trip to Cuba to conduct clinics and the Basketball without Borders camps for young players.
Strength in T-shirts
Including Game 1, the Warriors have handed out more than 175,000 "California golden yellow" shirts for home games at Oracle Arena during these playoffs.
The slogan on the front, "STRENGTH IN NUMBERS," is the same each time. But the slogan on the back has changed each round. Those awaiting fans before Game 1 had "The Finals" on the back.