By Ed Diokno
Some of the Golden State Warriors’ most devout fans are Asian Americans. As the NBA championship finals continue between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the fanaticism is hitting a new high.
The National Basketball Association and the Warriors’ organization has noted the makeup of their fan base and have taken deliberative steps to reach out to Asian Americans and fans in Asia to encourage their loyalty.
Among the fans is Alvan Mangalindan, a resident of Hercules, a few miles up I-80 from Oracle Arena where the Warriors play. He has been featured in numerous stories because Mangalindan has the ultimate Golden State Warriors “fan cave.” And that makes his house the obvious choice for an NBA Finals viewing party, whether he and his wife like it or not.
Alvan has been collecting Dubs paraphernalia since he was 12 years old. He has everything Warriors from the early days to the modern days. And much of it is signed. His pool table, his foosball table, his window blinds, and even the Barbie doll are all emblazoned with the Warriors logo.
Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.