San Francisco Rumors
These were the San Francisco Warriors until 1972, when Oakland became their home on the other side of The Bay. Now, more than seven years after venture capitalist Joe Lacob and entertainment magnate Peter Guber headed a new ownership group that bought the team and made it clear from the start that they were San Francisco-bound, everything old is new again. And, as they see it, well-earned. “A lot of (the reaction) is relief, to get to this point, because this has been a hard, hard thing to do,” Lacob told USA TODAY Sports. “(It was) the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’ve been involved – over 30 years – in a lot of companies, and some went down, some succeeded, but this is a tough thing. I have great respect for any owner who gets a new stadium or arena done. It’s hard.”
While there are plenty of critics of the move, including a passionate contingent from the region’s East Bay that alleges the organization never truly embraced the city of Oakland, it certainly helps the optics that the Warriors are footing the $1 billion bill for the privately-financed venue. The combination of the arena becoming a reality and the Warriors’ recent success on the court is the kind of thing that seemed unlikely just a few years ago, when so many folks looked sideways at Lacob and Guber when they would talk about building a global brand. “I think the way it was put (during the ceremony) was ‘The Madison Square Garden of the West,’” Lacob said. “Madison Square Garden is a pretty unbelievable place, and to be the Madison Square Garden of the West … I think is a pretty big – if you can achieve that, that’s pretty good.”
As part of the Season of Giving, Golden State hosted the Warriors Holiday Fest at Bayview Opera House and Joseph Lee Recreation Center on Friday, December 16th. The event brought over 200 youngsters together for an opportunity to participate in photo booths, cookie decorating, games and more alongside Warriors players, coaches and executives. In partnership with Good Tidings Foundation, 300 toys were also donated the San Francisco Mayor’s toy drive for the holiday season.
The Golden State Warriors’ push to relocate the basketball team from Oakland to San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood cleared a key hurdle Monday, as a judge ruled against a group that had filed multiple lawsuits to kill the project. On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong ruled that the city’s environmental review of the proposed arena was adequate, rejecting arguments it had failed to consider environmental impacts, including alternative sites for the arena.