Golden State radio play-by-play voice Tim Roye can point to two games -- one during the NBA’s 2014-15 regular season and the other during the playoffs -- as signs that the Warriors had the makings of a special team.
After losing 110-99 on the road to Cleveland in late February, the Warriors continued their six-game trip against Eastern Conference opponents with a game the following night against Toronto.
Roye called it a tough travel day, a tough matchup.
“They came out and just stomped the Raptors,” Roye said, looking back on Golden State’s 113-89 win.
Golden State held Toronto to 1-of-19 shooting in the first quarter and the Warriors led the game from start to finish, with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry scoring 25 and 22 points, respectively, while Draymond Green added 17 points and nine rebounds.
“Just took the whole game away from them. I thought, that’s a great sign, because they were angry, they were mad that they had lost the night before. That’s the sign of a team that really hates to lose,” Roye said.
The Warriors, just the 10th team in NBA history to win 67 games during the regular season, evened up their second-round playoff series with the Grizzlies at two games apiece with a 101-84 victory in Game 4 in Memphis. Curry scored a game-high 33 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists and Green recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
“That’s when I thought, OK, this team has got a chance to go all the way here, a real good shot,” Roye said last week.
“In training camp I knew we were going to be good, because we were good for the last couple of years. You knew we were going to be in the hunt. There were some signs, I think, early on, the way we were beating teams, and the fact that we were beating teams by such a convincing margin.”
The Warriors were very convincing. They won the 2014-15 NBA championship with a 4-2 series victory in the NBA Finals over Cleveland, capturing the fourth title in franchise history and first in 40 years.
There were so many other highlights:
* Golden State won a combined 83 games in the 2014-15 regular season and playoffs, the third-most combined victories in NBA history (behind only the 1995-96 and 1996-97 Chicago Bulls).
* The Warriors won a franchise-record 67 games in the regular season, finishing with a 67-15 mark (.817).
* Steve Kerr became the winningest first-year head coach in NBA history, compiling 67 victories in his first season at the helm.
* The Warriors won 39 games at Oracle Arena in Oakland, a franchise-best mark (39-2, .951).
* Golden State had 28 road wins, the most in franchise history away from home in a single regular season (28-13, .683).
* The Warriors won 16 straight games, a franchise-best streak.
* Golden State compiled franchise-record winning streaks at home (19 straight) and on the road (10 straight).
* Golden State hit a franchise-record 883 three-pointers in the regular season (third-most in a single season in NBA history) and 240 threes in the 2015 Playoffs (the most in a single postseason in NBA history).
“It’s a special year -- 67 wins in the regular season,” said Roye. “You get to the Finals and you beat LeBron James. It still seems a little surreal, that it happened. You wake up and you go, the Warriors are NBA champions. I’ve done that a couple of times.
“What hasn’t been said enough is that’s one of the best seasons in NBA history. The way they beat teams, the level at which they played at all year long, it really was incredible. It’s one I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
“A lot of credit goes to Steve Kerr. He’s one of the most unselfish guys I’ve ever met. For him to come in and to let the players know what he was doing, and how he was doing it, that it wasn’t about him. It’s about them.”
Roye completed his 20th season of handling the play-by-play duties for Warriors radio broadcasts on KNBR (680 AM and 1050 AM), the club’s flagship station. Roye also continues to host a weekly one-hour program on KNBR, “Warriors Weekly Roundtable,” throughout the basketball season as well as the Warriors’ pregame and postgame shows. Overall, this was his 26th year of working NBA play-by-play.
“You do your job every night,” said Roye, who makes his home in Fairfield. “I do it the way that I think is best for our broadcast. Any time you have a team that has Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to start with, then you’re talking about a team that is going to give you some great moments throughout the course of the contest. You have to be ready for it.
“It’s one of greatest teams of all time. It’s one of the deepest teams in recent memory. They’re just a great bunch of guys. Nobody is worried about their scoring.
“It’s a special group. They’re a great group to work with.”
There were a number of other highlights this past year for the Warriors.
* Curry was named the NBA Most Valuable Player, becoming the second player in Warriors history to be named MVP, joining Wilt Chamberlain, who earned the honor as a rookie in Philadelphia in the 1959-60 season.
* Andre Iguodala was named the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, joining Rick Barry (1975) as the only other Finals MVP in franchise history.
* Curry hit 286 three-pointers in the season, breaking his own NBA record for most three-pointers made in a single season. Curry also hit 98 three-pointers in the 2015 Playoffs, an NBA record for most threes in a single postseason.
* Curry and Thompson were named to the 2014-15 All-NBA Team, with Curry earning First Team honors and Thompson receiving Third Team recognition.
* Green and Andrew Bogut were named to the 2014-15 NBA All-Defensive Team, earning First Team and Second Team honors, respectively.
* Curry and Thompson started the 2015 All-Star Game in New York City, becoming the first Warriors duo to start the All-Star Game since 1967, when Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond both earned the starting assignment at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
* Bob Myers was named 2014-15 NBA Executive of the Year, joining Dick Vertlieb, who was named Executive of the Year during Golden State’s championship season in 1974-75, as the only recipients of the award in Warriors history.
“In each series, they got better as the series went on,” said Roye. “They figured teams out, adjusted, and took it away from them. I thought that was remarkable, that they were good enough to where they could get down in a series, and still figure out a way to not only get better during the series, but win the series.”
KNBR radio talk show host Tom Tolbert, a former Warriors player, joined Roye for home and playoff broadcasts. Tolbert provides color analysis.
“He has some great insight, about why guys are doing certain things on the floor,” said Roye. “He’s so much fun to work with.”
Roye, a Chula Vista, California, native, was on a road trip when he took time during a broadcast to say hello to his daughter, Gabrielle, who was in a school play at Justin-Siena High School last spring, “Urinetown: The Musical,” at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center in Yountville. Gabrielle will be a senior in the fall.
Background in broadcasting
In recent years, Roye has also done television baseball play-by-play work for the Oakland Athletics, TV play-by-play for UC Berkeley football, and has served as a back-up radio announcer for Stanford football. In the past, he has also served as an auto racing analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Prior to his arrival with Golden State in 1995, Roye spent six seasons with the Sacramento Kings’ broadcast team as the pregame, halftime and postgame host for the team’s radio broadcasts on KHTK-AM and KFBK-AM. He also handled the radio play-by-play duties for 45 games during the 1994-95 season.
Roye hosted a daily three-hour sports talk show on KHTK as well as hosting a weekly two-hour Kings radio program. Prior to his work at KHTK, Roye served as sports director at KFBK in Sacramento for five years (1989-94) and handled radio play-by-play and television color analyst duties for the Sacramento Gold Miners of the Canadian Football League, and was also the radio voice of Sac State football, basketball and baseball.
Roye spent two years in the Phoenix market from 1987-89, serving as a talk show host for KTAR radio and a correspondent for the Arizona Cardinals Radio Network. He also served as the color analyst for the Arizona State basketball network and called play-by-play for the Phoenix Firebirds and Sun Devil baseball teams.
Following his graduation from Utica College in New York, Roye spent eight years (1978-86) as the sports director at Utica’s WIBX-WNYZ radio. He later moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he was the sports director at WVOK radio from 1986-87 and was the voice of UAB men’s basketball.
He was inducted into the Utica College Hall of Fame, earning the Lifetime Achievement honor. He is also a member of the SUNY Utica Hall of Fame.
In the offseason, Roye helps run basketball camps and participates in various charity events throughout the Bay Area.
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