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Although the Warrior franchise has existed since the inception of the NBA—the Philadelphia Warriors won the inaugural championship in 1947, back when the league was known as the Basketball Association of America—its tenure in Oakland, dating back to 1971, largely failed to make a splash until the advent of the Splash Brothers.“You have to be flamboyant or really good to get people to stay up and watch,” says Kendrick, who was one of three rookies on that ’75 Warrior championship squad.