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Golden State Warriors consider name change

Apr 25, 2014, 1:44 PM EST

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The Los Angeles Lakers are California’s most-popular team, but in geographic sense, the Warriors are truly the team of the Golden State.

Since moving to California from Philadelphia in 1962, the Warriors have hosted out-of-state teams for games in San Francisco, Daly City, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Bakersfield, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego and Fresno. In that time, they’ve been known by two names – the San Francisco Warriors and Golden State Warriors.

Now that they’re planning a move from Oakland back to San Francisco, they’re considering returning to their former name.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

The franchise will keep the Warriors moniker they’ve used since they were founded in Philadelphia in 1946 but could readopt the name for which they were known when they played in San Francisco from 1962-71 — the San Francisco Warriors.

“We’re very curious what our fans think of that,” Warriors president and CEO Rick Welts told ESPN.com. “I couldn’t imagine making that decision in the very near future, but we definitely want to see what our fans prefer.”

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Although a name change would be mostly symbolic – the move is very real – it would carry weight in how the Warriors want fans to view them. Are the Warriors catering to the masses across the state or the highly concentrated wealth in San Francisco?

There’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer how they should proceed. They’re a business and can run it how they see fit.

But some fans already feel abandoned due to the planned move across the bay. Changing the name could exacerbate those feelings.

The Warriors have a great homecourt advantage, drawing some of the league’s loudest fans. That’s part of what makes the in-game experience appealing to the rich San Franciscans the Warriors want to court. The team would do well not to lose sight of that balance.

  1. azarkhan - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    How about the San Francisco Googles? I hear that Google is extremely popular in SF.

    • void96eater - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      You’re joking right?

  2. norcalkingsfan - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    East bay would obviously hate it. Not as much as they hate Blake Griffin though.

  3. ringjames - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Niners?

  4. lastdukestreetking - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    It’s a great idea!

  5. pharohislife - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Not related to this topicat all but it is sports; If the Redskins do end up changing their name, which I’m not saying they should or shouldn’t, I think a good name would be the Washington Warriors, I’ve heard it floated around before and it’s honestly not bad. It has a nice flow to it. If they had to change it that’s what I would go with, The Washington Warriors.

  6. cbking05 - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    How about “The Northern California West Bay Area Warriors” or keep it as it is … ?

  7. bucrightoff - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    BASEketball already nailed what they should be: The Ferries.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Your team must be THE LOSERS.

      • bucrightoff - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Wow what a startlingly original comeback.

  8. pukpokito - Apr 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I like it.San Francisco it is.

  9. nyctraffic - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Why would “rich people in San Francisco” care that much? I think this is an exaggeration.

    • adoombray - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Yeah, the “Highly Concentrated Wealth” of crackheads and burnout druggies in the Tenderloin and the Haight Ashbury think that the author has read one too many blog posts and has not actually been in San Francisco.

  10. csbanter - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    “Where is Golden State”

    – Jimmy Kimmel reporter to some Los Angeles resident

    • mazblast - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      The next time Kimmel or one of his idiots is funny will be the first time.

  11. deepseabreeze - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    that would be a major kick in the nuts to oakland if they did that. I’d honestly strongly consider no longer being a fan.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      lol. grow up.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        You might have to grow a new pair.

  12. antistratfordian - Apr 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    San Francisco Warriors is obviously more region specific – so it’s better for oneness with area fans. And since Oakland Warriors is not an option (and shouldn’t be), San Francisco Warriors it is.

  13. ashoreinhawaii - Apr 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    The Warriors sounds like a high school team. Lame like the Titans. Good excuse to change it with the move.
    Should have something to do with the city – like the ’49’s
    The Beatniks? Whoever said Ferries was pretty funny. Just don’t use an uncountable noun like Jazz, Heat, Thunder or, in this case, Fog.
    With all the gentrification you could call them the Wonder Breads, or White Rice.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Stonkee Honkee Chickens.

  14. 00maltliquor - Apr 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Well, I don’t have a problem with it as long as they are actually IN San Fran, unlike the LA Angels from freakin’ Anaheim, O.C. or the Giants and Jets claiming to be NY when they from NJ!

    • ashoreinhawaii - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      …or the Santa Clara ’49’ers

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        NY/NJ: same thing. You must live west of I-5.

      • mazblast - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        NY/NJ are not the same thing if you’re from either of those places.

    • adoombray - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      It’s the San Francisco bay area, the part of it being Oakland has never been advertised. Anaheim basically IS in Los Angeles though, it’s a wrong turn from downtown and just like NJ to NY it’s basically just a suburb of the bigger city. Picking that nit is like the smallish little brother complaining that he matters too when his older brother is the big strong star athlete.

  15. joeksnuffy - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    I never liked the name Golden State. Every other team in the league has a city name. I’m an Oakland sports fan (A’s, Raiders, Warriors) and have always hated SF teams (Giants, Niners), so it will be sad to see them move to the other side of the bay. But, I’m a lifelong fan and will follow wherever they go, as long as it’s still in the bay area. I’m OK with a city name. if they move to SF, SF Warriors it is.

  16. Professor Fate - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    “Changing the name could exasperate those feelings.”
    *exacerbate?

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      They’re almost homophones so no worries.

  17. tigerpork - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    San Francisco Earthquakes.

  18. jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    San Francisco Herbal Cure.

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