San Francisco Rumors
The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors announced today that the Warriors and their partners, along with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, will celebrate “Warriors Week,” starting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 14 to encourage the entire Bay Area to show their Strength in Numbers for the Warriors 2018 Playoffs, presented by Kaiser Permanente, which start as early as Saturday, April 14.
Brian Murphy: Rick Welts with a news drop on our show today: The Golden State Warriors will keep the name Golden State Warriors when they move to San Francisco. “Let’s make it official,” Welts said.
With Chase Center scheduled to be the new home of the Golden State Warriors in time for the 2019-20 season, the team has submitted a bid to host the NBA All-Star Game, league sources tell ESPN. The bid submission year is murky. However, league sources say the earliest it would be is for 2021.
The 18,000-seat, privately financed multi-purpose arena that will include a public plaza is currently under construction. It will be located in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. The Warriors believe the new venue will be a world-class destination, and plan to host many of the most prominent entertainment events on the calendar each year.
Members of the Warriors’ operations staff, headlined by general manager and two-time NBA Executive of the Year Bob Myers, have played a game in San Quentin yearly since 2012. In that time, those players — known collectively as the Green Team because of the color of their scrimmage jerseys — have become friendly with numerous inmates. Last summer, outside a chicken and waffles restaurant in San Francisco, Myers was ecstatic to run into a man he had met in San Quentin. “A lot of people think we come in here and want the exposure,” Myers said. “But the truth is, we come in here just to interact with these guys, show them that they matter. I just heard a couple of them are getting out soon, which is the best news.”
The Warriors star fielded questions from fans on The Bill Simmons Podcast posted Sunday night, and one fan wondered what KD’s favorite part of the Bay is (beside winning the NBA championship with Golden State). “It’s just the culture, it’s just the food,” Durant said. “It’s just so many different pockets of mom-and-pop restaurants in different pockets of San Francisco, the Bay Area and Oakland. It’s like so many small, really boutique restaurants and the culture in there is overwhelming and you really get entrenched in that. You can tell they take it really seriously. I never experienced nothing like that, so I thought it was really cool. Just different restaurant experiences.”