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Warriors Honor 1974-75 Championship Team

Past meets present again on Monday night in Oakland when the Golden State Warriors take on the New York Knicks at the Arena (get tickets). The evening is sure to provide fun, excitement and a little nostalgia for fans of all ages, as Baron Davis leads a rejuvenated Warriors team against a storied Knicks franchise making their lone Bay Area appearance of the season.

The latest installment of Hardwood Classics Mondays - presented by Verizon Wireless - will feature the Warriors 1974-75 NBA Championship team. Jeff Mullins, Butch Beard, Jamaal Wilkes, Charles Johnson and Rick Barry will be among the several members of the championship squad being recognized. Golden State's 4-0 sweep of the Washington Bullets is still considered one of the biggest upsets in NBA Finals history.

Come listen to the sweet sounds of Sugar Hill Gang
Sugar Hill Gang, whose hit single “Rapper’s Delight” was the first ever rap song to hit the Top 40 charts, will also provide special performances during pre-game and halftime of the contest.

HWC Mondays continue to grow more and more popular with Warriors fans, and this one is sure not to disappoint. Two weeks ago, more than 19,000 filled the Arena as Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets took on Golden State as the franchise honored Barry, one of its all-time greats.

Come honor the Warriors past and be one of 50 winners of these Hardwood Classics jerseys.

Once again, 50 of the first 5,000 fans to arrive at the arena will have a chance to walk away with an authentic Mitchell and Ness HWC jersey valued at $250. Two members of the 1974-75 team that played vital roles in the championship run will be honored in the jersey giveaway -- local product Phil Smith (#20), and Derrick Dickey (#40). Both Smith and Dickey passed away during the summer of 2002, at the ages of 50 and 51 respectively. Smith is a graduate of [San Francisco] Washington High School, and one of just five players to have his jersey retired by his college alma mater, the University of San Francisco.

Rick Barry will be back with many of his teammates from 1974-75.
(Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)
The current Warriors, bolstered by the acquisition of Davis, have created a buzz in recent weeks. Davis and high-flying Jason Richardson give the Warriors one of the most dynamic backcourts in the league. The Knicks, battling for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, feature Stephon Marbury, one of the league's best point guards in his own right.

Davis, Richardson and all the Warriors will be donning their throwbacks, the ones featuring "The City" logo on the front with the classic Cable Car design on back. GQ Magazine recently ranked these uniforms among the greatest uniforms of all time. The Knicks also will be wearing retros.

This is the fifth of six HWC Mondays. The Warriors have honored Alvin Attles, Nate Thurmond, Wilt Chamberlain and Barry. The Warriors will honor "Run TMC," - aka Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and current Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin - when Golden State plays the Los Angeles Lakers at the Arena on Monday, April 18 (get tickets).

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