NBA's Warriors may rename themselves 'San Francisco Warriors'

Golden State Warriors may be re-dubbed 'San Francisco Warriors'

4/25/14 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - NBA's  Warriors may rename themselves 'San Francisco Warriors'The Golden State Warriors were called the San Francisco Warriors back in the 1960s, and the team's return to San Francisco in 2018 may additionally restore their old Wilt Chamberlain-era moniker. According to an ESPN report, the Warriors franchise is considering a name change back to their old name, and rechristening themselves the San Francisco Warriors when they move the team back to San Francisco.

Personally, I am all for any change to this organization will eliminate those awful schoolbus yellow short-sleeve alternate uniforms.

But the change here is the Golden State Warriors may change their name back to San Francisco Warriors. The team is just seeking feedback on the idea at this point. "We're very curious what our fans think of that," Warriors team president Rick Welts told "I couldn't imagine making that decision in the very near future, but we definitely want to see what our fans prefer."

Blog Photo - NBA's  Warriors may rename themselves 'San Francisco Warriors'The Warriors were the San Francisco Warriors from 1962-71, following their move from Philadelphia. (Notice the cable car on the back of their jerseys.) Other than making the 1964 NBA Finals and trading Wilt Chamberlain, they did not accomplish much of note. The current-day Warriors have played in throwback San Francisco Warriors uniforms, but these games were still played on Oakland's Oracle Arena.

The Warriors are scheduled to move out of Oakland and back to San Francisco in time for the 2018 season, and just purchased the land for their new arena this week.

It's hard to argue with the Warriors' arena plans. After all, they're footing the entire bill themselves. While they have support from outside investors, the Warriors and owner Joe Lacob are funding this project privately and without tax dollars.

Whichever name they use, any good Warriors fan knows that the best locational association for the franchise is neither Golden State nor San Francisco. It is simply "The City".
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