Report: Golden State Warriors set to dump Oakland for San Francisco
The report says the move could be announced this week. No word on whether the franchise will be called the San Francisco Warriors, as they were from 1962 to 1971.
San Jose Mercury News blogger Adam Lauridsen broke the news Monday that the Warriors are moving to San Francisco, and plan to open a new San Francisco arena by 2017.
The Mercury News' ace sports reporter Tim Kawakami reached Warriors owner Joe Lacob for comment, and Lacob replied, "We are not prepared to make any announcements at this time."
That is about the strongest non-denying you will ever see in a non-denial. Lacob seems to anticipate that he will indeed be prepared to make an announcement at some time, once he gets his ducks, P's, and Q's in order.
The Warriors' new arena will reportedly be located at Piers 30-32 along the San Francisco bay front. That area, illustrated on the left, was set to be reconstructed to accommodate the America's Cup yacht race in 2013. Race planners dropped these piers from their plans though, and the Warriors are reportedly swooping in on the newly available real estate.
That geographic move would be cool in the sense that it would put the Warriors' arena right next to the Bay Bridge that is depicted on their current jerseys.
That geographic move is not cool, however, because of the way it jilts the Warriors' incredible Oakland fan base. If it ain't broke, as the saying goes, don't fix it. And the Warriors franchise attendance patterns at Oracle Arena in Oakland simply ain't broke.
Oakland fans have been exceptionally resilient and supportive of this perennially sorry franchise. Last year Golden State ranked tenth in overall NBA attendance, which is about where they usually rank.
That's pretty amazing for a franchise that has been to the playoffs just once in the last 18 seasons. The Warriors' 2012 attendance figures were actually better than those of the Boston Celtics and San Jose Spurs.
A huge percentage of those faithful Warriors fans will not be at all happy with the announcement of this move. And they will be none too kind the next time owner Joe Lacob grabs a microphone and asks them to stop booing.