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If you’re already missing Klay Thompson, head down to 43rd and Telegraph in Oakland where a new mural of the Warriors star has recently appeared. But you better do it soon because this giant tribute could be gone in a splash.
The artwork of Thompson is a touching one for Warriors fans as it shows Thompson making those three-point eyes that he flashed at select moments throughout the playoffs. It reminds us of the always-eager Thompson that fans love to see (as opposed to the image of him hobbling away on crutches in the middle of Game 6 of the NBA Finals).
And the writing on the wall is simple: Thank you, Warriors.
In the caption to the work, its creators, the street artist group Illuminaries, wrote: “Love and blessings from the town. This team brought so many opportunities and community transformations to the bay. Before Monta Ellis and Baron Davis. Before J Rich and Matt Barnes. The long drought, the last place team for years. And now we got used to winning. Appreciation. @warriors. Located at 43rd x Telegraph in Temescal Oakland. Catch a flick before it’s gone.”
Work by the Illuminaries has been seen all over the East Bay and beyond. Probably the mural most Warriors fans have seen is right next to I-880, a wall dedicated to Steph Curry in his UnderArmour shoes.
The group has done other Warriors murals as well, including this one located at the Lumber Baron in Albany.
So while the Warriors may be gone from Oracle Arena and heading across the bay, the Illuminaries are doing their best to keep the memory of this golden era alive in the East Bay.
David Curran is an online editor at SFGate. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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