OAKLAND -– When it comes to the team playing next door, the nostalgia is kicking in for A’s manager Bob Melvin.
Melvin enjoyed watching the Warriors punch their ticket to the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. A Bay Area native, Melvin wasn’t at Oracle Arena for the Game 5 victory, but he did see several playoff games in person back in 1975, the last time the Warriors won a title.
Melvin’s godfather, Dick D’Oliva, was the trainer for that Warriors squad.
“I was a big Rick Barry fan,” Melvin said Thursday. “From Al Attles to Keith Wilkes, Charles Johnson, Phil Smith coming off the bench. It was a great team. There’s some similarities in (this year’s) team. I don’t know that any team is as deep as the Warriors are right now.”
Melvin, who went to Cal, is a big supporter of most Bay Area teams. He attends lots of Cal football and basketball games. Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson paid a visit to A’s batting practice a couple years ago. And former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh dropped into spring camp in March and coached first base for a game. He and Melvin both went to high school on the Peninsula.
“I was growing up watching the Warriors since I was like 10 years old,” Melvin said. “(Wednesday) was a great night for Oakland.”