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It’s easy to guess the LGBTQ community’s favorite in Warriors-Cavs Part 4

The Golden State Warriors race into Pride Month looking for their third NBA title in four years.

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves
Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant have both publicly talked about their support of the LGBTQ community.
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The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will face off against one another in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year. It has never happened before that two teams met in four straight NBA Finals, not even during the vaunted Celtics-Lakers rivalries of the ‘60s or ‘80s.

Many of the participants in this year’s Finals are no strangers to LGBTQ issues.

Both teams reportedly held LGBTQ Pride Nights this season.

LeBron James, the biggest name and best player in the series, has spoken publicly about his embrace of openly gay athletes. When John Amaechi came out publicly in 2007, James stumbled a bit, talking about honesty and trust. By the time Jason Collins came out in 2013, James, along with the rest of the country, had found a stronger embrace of inclusion.

“I think it’s very noble on his part,” James said of Collins at the time. “I think it’s a strong thing to do, and I think as NBA players, we all offer him our support.”

While James has been a positive beacon for LGBTQ fans of the Cavaliers, the Warriors have given the community many reasons to cheer for them during Pride Month.

Many of the current cast of Warriors have a history of vocal support for LGBT equality and inclusion:

The question mark about a potential grey cloud on the Warriors is Steph Curry, the devout Christian from North Carolina who made some garbled comments about North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ law that made him seem potentially sympathetic with efforts to make LGBTQ people, and trans people in particular, second-class citizens. He also said he didn’t know much about the North Carolina law, but that “no one should be discriminated against,” again not clarifying if he was siding with trans people or Christians or both.

Even when Curry reportedly “clarified” his remarks months later, he remained vague on the law’s merits, talking only about the impact the law had on the NBA and NCAA moving events.

He could clarify it all with very clear statements, but he has chosen not to.

Regardless, there’s no doubt the LGBTQ community will be heavily cheering on the Warriors in their NBA Finals tilt with the Cavs. The Warriors seem to perfectly represent the city of San Francisco that has so strongly embraced the LGBTQ community for decades.

Poll

Which team are you cheering for to win the 2018 NBA Finals?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Cleveland Cavaliers
    (49 votes)
  • 58%
    Golden State Warriors
    (79 votes)
  • 5%
    In a statement of inclusion, both teams vote to share the trophy
    (8 votes)
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