The Bay Area is on some kind of roll when it comes to professional sports.
This past fall, it was the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's both making the playoffs in Major League Baseball, with the Giants eventually winning the World Series.
Then it was the San Francisco 49ers making their first Super Bowl in 18 years and coming within an eyelash of winning it for the sixth time.
Now comes the Golden State Warriors shooting their way into the NBA playoff picture for only the second time in the past 19 years. Not only did the team make the playoffs, it did so with more than a week left in the season.
Second-year coach Mark Jackson should be commended for the job he has done. Possessing what he terms an "old-school basketball" philosophy, Jackson helped fashion the heretofore offensive-minded Warriors into a contender by stressing that there is more to the game than just scoring.
The results of that philosophy speak for themselves: The team has become a much more feared defensive team without sacrificing its ability to score. In fact, the team's balance makes it a squad that many higher-ranked teams do not want to play in the first round of the playoffs.
While this playoff berth is a team victory, the deserving beneficiaries of it are the incredibly loyal Warriors fans. Despite many dismal seasons, the fans have shown up -- and they have been loud.
Now, finally, they really have something to cheer about.