One day after Draymond Green backed Oakland in its divorce from the Raiders — saying he wouldn’t attend another game — Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed disappointment about the franchise’s impending departure for Las Vegas.
“Just disappointed for the fans in the Bay Area,” Kerr said. “I think I said this when the Chargers left, but in my opinion, sports franchises belong to the community. I know that’s an incredibly naive thing to say, but I believe that. I believe sports franchises belong to the community and I think owners are sort of guardians, custodians and need to do everything they can to make it work in that community. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.”
The Oakland Raiders don’t deserve fan support for the seasons remaining until their planned move to Las Vegas, outspoken Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green declared Tuesday. “I feel bad for the city of Oakland, man,” Green said when asked about the subject after the Warriors’ 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets. “I don’t even know how that’s going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city. “If I was a fan, I wouldn’t attend a game for the next three years, but that’s just me. That’s ridiculous. No way I would pay my way to attend a game.”
“That’s like moving the Dallas Cowboys or like moving the Packers. Like, moving the Raiders?” Green said. “You can move a lot of teams. Ain’t many fan bases like the Raiders’ fan base. It’s like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from L.A. Like, you just don’t move certain franchises with the fan base that they have. It’s one thing if you’re moving from Oakland to Fremont or something, but to Las Vegas? “I wouldn’t attend a game. I won’t attend a game, and I’m not a die-hard Raiders fan, but I do support the city of Oakland. “I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don’t do that.”