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Report: Warriors moving to San Francisco in 2017

May 20, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

The Warriors are making huge changes everywhere since Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over two years ago. And now there’s word they could be changing zipcodes.

The move has been rumored for awhile, but the plans going forward coincides with an incident earlier this year when the Oracle crowd booed Lacob for no apparent reason during the retirement of Chris Mullin’s jersey. The San Jose Mercury News reports that the only major hiccup is parking. You have to wonder if the team will change the name back to San Francisco Warriors, which they were before the move to Oakland. It would cost to change all the merchandise, though.

Hopefully the move wont’ impact the crowd. Oracle Arena has been a madhouse for years regardless of how good or bad the team has been. You don’t want to lose that kind of atmosphere.

  1. mungman69 - May 20, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Yes, class act booing the owner. Was he drunk and making obscene hand signals?

  2. ddjesus - May 20, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I’m not very familiar with the geography of the bay, but is it really a huge deal if a team moves what, 30 miles down the road?

  3. rocketsredbear - May 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    They booed the owner because they traded Monta Ellis. Warriors’ fans have been crapped on for almost 30 years, they have every right to boo. I bet some investigative reporting would help this website tremendously.

    • mjbulls45 - May 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      RAIDERS

      • dannymac17 - May 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        I see your stupid posts on PFT and think, man there is something wrong with this guy. I come here, and i see the same.

      • mjbulls45 - May 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        macdad, danny do woop 17 or whatevr,

        ur a disgrace to sublime,

        conformist poser , ur fake dude,

        stop jocking me and thinking abt me, ur being a girl,

        let it go…

      • dannymac17 - May 23, 2012 at 5:23 AM

        righttttttttttttttttttttttt.

  4. irishfan109 - May 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I hope they bring back The City jerseys, with a modern twist.

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      The “The City” Jerseys are so dope they don’t need a modern twist. That said if I got a voicemail that was like “Hey, what’s up it’s The City call me back.” I’d call a lot of places before San Francisco.

  5. trevormcnamara - May 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    What if they are moving because 49ers moving to santa clara?

  6. rajbais - May 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    No disrespect to Oakland, but San Francisco is a city that would attract free agents better.

    However, the team is better off without Mark Jackson, Larry Riley, and a guy who hasn’t shown any proof to give you hope like how Sam Presti when he left the Spurs for the Sonics/Thunder, Bob Myers.

    Winning + location = Quality players to come and stay!

    I also hope the Kings stay in Sacramento, but if a new arena can’t get built maybe the Kings and Warriors can share a place. San Fran is 90 min away from Sac-town.

    • jimbo75025 - May 21, 2012 at 4:03 AM

      rajbais – May 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
      Winning + location = Quality players to come and stay!

      I also hope the Kings stay in Sacramento, but if a new arena can’t get built maybe the Kings and Warriors can share a place. San Fran is 90 min away from Sac-town.

      ________________________

      Uh, you do realize that Oak/SF are just a bridge away right? If any NBA player had that much of a jones to live in SF he could easily do so while playing in Oak. Heck I worked in Oak and lived in SF for several years. Was 14 minutes on a train if I remember correctly.

      The sports world is littered with teams who represent one city but play in another. The Dolphins play in Davie, the Cowboys in Arlington(and Irving before that), the 9’ers will soon no longer be playing in SF-do you think they will change their names?

      Putting a second NBA team in the Bay Area-especially one with no history there would be overkill. Every city that has two teams always has a big brother/little brother thing going on. Question is who would be which under your scenario?

      • rajbais - May 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        @Jimbo75025

        Bro, it’s called “making the maximal use of every dollar possible”!!!

        If the Warriors and their private investors are in charge of leasing and their arena has two tenants they can possibly make more money; if not, the arena can be more profitable by having more events!!!

        Plus, if the Kings encountered issues in Anaheim like possibly needing to change the team name to the Royals; the local television deal, the fact that Southern California has two basketball teams, the lack of modernization in the Honda Center, etc. San Francisco DOES deserve great consideration!!!

        Ideally, the best homes for the Warriors and Kings are Oakland and Sacramento respectively because that’s where the fan bases originated. Also, for a city such as Oakland its residents will have to drive a long time (possibly one hour) to San Francisco with traffic (but then again who doesn’t???).

        The thing that is not being heavily mentioned is that San Francisco is the sixth largest media marketing the country!!! The media market factor, local television networks and sponsorships are what separate big and small market teams and why teams like the Nets, Warriors, and Kings have eyed moves for big cities!!!

        For the Kings, San Francisco is better than Anaheim if they had no choice and/or if their arena isn’t profitable, amenable, outdated, or can’t get the number of extra events like in the past (which has been mentioned by their own play-by-play announcer who cried on camera during the Kings’ last home game in 2011) because there seem to be fewer obstacles and the chances to keep Sacramento-based fans are better than it would be if they moved to Anaheim!!!

        (BTW, I was okay with the play-by-play announcer crying because of his love for the Kings in Sacramento and that a big part of his heart was possibly being taken away.)

        Plus, in response to the two NBA teams in one city issue the Clippers are doing well in Los Angeles right now!!! They’ve been more respectable since 2003-04 because they were willing to bring back free agents like Elton Brand and Corey Maggette in their prime and spend money on quality basketball people!!! Yes, Donald Sterling has his issues; but it’s better (financially and on the court)  in Los Angeles than their original homes of San Diego and Buffalo where they were known as the Braves!!!! 

    • socal0101 - May 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      When the Warriors move to SF, the Kings can move into Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Kings will get a sweet deal from the Oakland arena because they need a tenant for the place, and it’s a sweet deal for the Kings because it’s a ready-made base of passionate basketball fans with an arena that is 100 times better than the old barn in Sacto.

      San Francisco Warriors and Oakland Kings….

      • rajbais - May 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        With all due respect the Oracle Arena is 1-3 years older than the Honda Center in Anaheim!!!!

        It’s about new, high-tech, and modernized; not a new home in general!!!

    • jimbo75025 - May 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Ideally, the best homes for the Warriors and Kings are Oakland and Sacramento respectively because that’s where the fan bases originated. Also, for a city such as Oakland its residents will have to drive a long time (possibly one hour) to San Francisco with traffic (but then again who doesn’t???).

      The thing that is not being heavily mentioned is that San Francisco is the sixth largest media marketing the country!!! The media market factor, local television networks and sponsorships are what separate big and small market teams and why teams like the Nets, Warriors, and Kings have eyed moves for big cities!!!
      __________________________

      Understood. But my point is that if fans in SF could not be troubled to take a short BART ride or drive across the bridge to support the local team, then what leads you to believe things would be better at the Pier?

      The SF media market is indeed huge but includes many cities-Oakland among them. Face it the overall population of SF as a city is quite small-one of those cities everyone knows but lives somewhere else due to costs, etc and the city is constrained from expansion. Ppl living in Berkley/Walnut Creek, etc seldom go to SF unless they work there and vice versa. Heck I live in the Dallas area now and the media market here is huge but nobody is suggesting putting a team in Ft Worth.

      The professional sports world idea of put a team there and they will come is dead. The name of the game now is max untapped market.

  7. mogogo1 - May 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    “It would cost to change all the merchandise, though.”

    Uh, yeah…but they’d also get to sell tons of new gear. And what better way to endear yourself to your new city than by actually taking its name? Gotta wonder if they’d have been more popular in Oakland if they’d actually admitted to the world that’s where they were playing.

  8. ron05342 - May 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    What an insane idea…there is absolutely no parking down there!

    Have you ever been to Pier 31/32??? Traffic would be a nightmare…I have no idea who thought this was a good idea.

    Unreal.

    • socal0101 - May 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      There won’t be any parking. I’d be dancing in the streets if I owned an office building down there, because every parking lot within a mile will be charging $50 to park for a Warriors game.

  9. ninerfan94954 - May 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    They can make all the small and large changes they want, but when you get to it on your list of changes how about trotting out a play off quality team.

    • orbearider66 - May 21, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Actually, I think it starts with playoff caliber ownership and management. The Cohen Regime had none of that and, when they didn’t get the recognition they thought they deserved for the lone playoff appearance, they marginalized the guy (Chris Mullen) who got them there. The jury is still out on this new group but, so far, IMHO, they seem to be light years ahead of where things were 18 months ago.

  10. hojo20 - May 21, 2012 at 8:17 AM

    The atmosphere at the SF arena won’t be the same. The Oakland Coliseum is one of the remaining loud, old style arenas. Skyboxes & premium seating for the rich people anyone?

    • socal0101 - May 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      The SF arena will be another Staples Center, no doubt. Lots of luxury boxes, an entire lower bowl where tix are at least $100 each, waiters to bring food and drinks to your premium seats, etc.

  11. isu1648 - May 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Here is a longwinded version of why that fan base was booing that night. To question why they were booing is insane…

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7714701/how-annoy-fan-base-60-easy-steps

  12. orbearider66 - May 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Take this for whatever it is worth … the Warriors will NOT be building at Piers 31/32. This is all a negotiating ploy to leverage a better deal out of the Giants to build an arena near AT&T. If the Warriors are intent on moving to SF, the AT&T site is the place to be. Not only do the Giants already own the development rights to the area (so moving forward will be much quicker, with less legal and environmental challenges), but the infrastructure is already there for parking and public transportation. Add on the area around AT&T and it is not only a huge improvement over Oakland, but much more attractive to building on the piers (where I’ve heard it will cost $100 million just to shore up the piers to build the arena. Besides, who wants to be in an arena built on piers when an earthquake hits?!

  13. AlohaMrHand - May 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    They should build in the Castro District as that was be FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. justprofit84 - May 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Golden Gate Warriors interesting.

  15. ndnut - May 22, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    San Jose could work.

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