On Friday the Warriors will introduce their new coach — you’re talking about a guy named Mark Jackson.

They will introduce him at a fancy hotel in downtown San Francisco.

When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over the team they announced themselves at a fancy restaurant in San Francisco.

When they introduced Jerry West as an adviser they did that at a fancy hotel in San Francisco.

Are we beginning to see a pattern here?

Does the East Bay not have nice hotels?

The Oakland Downtown Marriott adjoins the Warriors’ facility. You don’t even walk outside to get from one to the other. The Marriott has ballrooms and it has food and it’s in — get this — Oakland.

Berkeley has the Claremont, a swank resort with all the amenities.

It seems to me the new Warriors owners are San Francisco-centric and I won’t be surprised if the move the team to SF. That seems to be the implied message.

In the meantime, they should just be honest about their intentions and call the team The San Francisco Warriors at Oakland.

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  1. KauaiRobert

    Sounds cool.

    June 8th, 2011 4:17 pm

  2. Stan

    Wolff is preoccupied with new buildings rather then building a winning team that will sell out the old building.
    Lacob-he has sell outs so his reason to move is..he no doubt feels San Francisco has more prestige,gravitas(that word again)..possibly just makes the team more valuable. He IS part of a entertainment group remember..and SF is more flashy,flamboyant and theatrical then blue collar to dirty blue collar Oakland.

    June 8th, 2011 4:59 pm

  3. jason

    re: Oakland…..there’s no there there?

    June 8th, 2011 5:45 pm

  4. Public Animal

    Let’s see now…………compared to San Francisco all Oakland franchises are second rate and are worth far less than teams in San Francisco. While the Warriors have good support in Oakland despite having horrendous teams, San Francisco will attract better players in the future. Move the team back to where they started in the Bay Area and build an arena that will be compared to AT&T Park. That’s the future of the Warriors.

    June 8th, 2011 7:02 pm

  5. eb

    Wow. So many yuppies who are afraid of big, bad Oakland. I know the idea of people of color and white folk living so close to one another is scary for most of you, but please. Oakland is a blue collar city that has its share violence, but, it is also a GREAT, HISTORICAL city. I really shouldn’t even say this, but deep down, I feel like this type of attitude from Wolffe and Lacob are rooted in distancing themselves from a city with a large black community. Maybe I’m wrong.

    June 8th, 2011 7:22 pm

  6. MJ

    EB….I would have hoped we’ve moved past that.
    But I can see Wolfes reasoning, the team never draws, even when they were constantly winning the west and making playoff appearances. Yeah when Boston or NY came in theyd have big attendence, but I went to a game circa 2000, late august, maybe 10,000 people.
    Oaklands population ~ 390,000 people, San Jose ~ 960,000. Oakland is the 8th biggest in CA, SJ is 3rd, and 10th in the US. Its a numbers game first and foremost.
    And as someone said, Oakland is blue-collar, not only in population but businesses. SJ is white-collar, tech, billion dollar industries. Corp sponsorship, luxury boxes, etc all make SJ the attractive venue for the A’s.
    Same thing applies with SF vs Oakland for the Warriors. But their move to SF is going to a lot further out what with the revenue and condition of Oracle.

    June 8th, 2011 9:32 pm

  7. Albert Park

    I agree that the Warriors should play in San Francisco, but WHERE, may I ask, are they going to play? The City That Knows How (L.O.L.) is not going to build them an arena. Mr. Lacob isn’t going to build one. And the Cow Palace was discredited long ago. No, friends, Mr. Lacob may like to make his announcements in S.F. but you’d better get to love Your Golden State Warriors in Oakland, San Jose or wherever they may be, because that’s where they’ll play.

    June 8th, 2011 9:47 pm

  8. BRAY

    I think it’s more of what people who don’t live in the Bay Area think about Oakland and SF.

    SF is one of the 2 most beautiful cities in the world, according to many of the travel mags, Oakland cannot compete with that it any way. I really don’t think it has anything to do with the color of the people that live in the OAK. SF is known worldwide to have a huge population of gays but that hasn’t affected the ability to draw visitors in. The draw of the city itself is the biggest attraction.

    June 9th, 2011 6:27 am

  9. brady

    it’s important to remember that they’re not the Oakland Warriors, they’re the Golden State Warriors. Their arena is in Oakland, but they are a team for the greater bay area. San Francisco is, in general, a swankier, higher-end, higher-profile spot than Oakland. If you didn’t live in Oakland, wouldn’t you rather go to a press conference in SF for a night?

    they are neither the oakland warriors, nor the san francisco warriors. so if the best place for an arena, logistically and economically is oakland, put it there. and if the best place for a press conference, logistically and economically is san fran, have it there.

    June 9th, 2011 8:48 am

  10. eb

    Should a team’s home be dictated simply by income and tourist appeal? If that’s the case, sports is going down a bad path. That means no Green Bay, no team in the Bronx, etc. Take the Warriors out of Oakland and you lose the soul and fire its fan base currently has.

    P.S. Public Animal The A’s have outdrawn the giants for most of their combined histories. On the field success also isn’t close, the A’s have been dominant, the giants haven’t even been close. As for the Raiders, while they don’t have 5 trophies, they have 3 and also one of the largest fan bases of any sports team in the world. So your theory is pretty lame.

    June 9th, 2011 10:00 am

  11. B-Rad

    “A man who was denied entry into an Oakland nightclub (near Jack
    London Square) opened fire with an assault rifle, killing two and injuring
    four others in one of two separate shootings outside city nightclubs in
    just over an hour, according to police.” – CBS San Francisco.com
    As of April 26, 2011, gun violence in Oakland was up 30% from the
    same period in 2010 with homicides up 17%.
    And Oakland wasn’t doing so great in 2010, having the fifth worst
    crime rating per capita in the U.S. SF was 130th.
    Where would you prefer to run your business?

    June 9th, 2011 10:02 am

  12. glenellen

    I called this one a long time ago…. The new stadium will be on the waterfront, close to AT&T Park.

    June 9th, 2011 10:30 am

  13. MJ

    EB….one of those SB trophies was in LA….

    June 10th, 2011 9:22 am

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