The relocation out of Oakland has begun, and surprisingly the Golden State Warriors are the first Oakland-based team to do it. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors have finalized a deal that will relocate them from one of the oldest arenas in the NBA (Oracle Arena) to a state-of-the-art arena in San Francisco by the 2017-18 NBA season.
The arena is reportedly going to be built on Piers 30-32 and will be paid for by private funding. The deal is said to include 1,000 parking spaces for the venue.
I would think a lot of people are.
With all of the hoopla surrounding the Oakland Athletics' possible move out of Oakland and into San Jose, as well as the Oakland Raiders' constant speculation of the team inevitably moving to Los Angeles, it is the Warriors who are the first to announce the move.
The news is not official by any means. The San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami reached owner Joe Lacob by email and received this response.
"We are not prepared to make any announcements at this time."
However, the report does state that the announcement of the move will come this week, and no one was expecting for Lacob to confirm the report today.
What does this say about the Golden State Warriors' franchise, though?
Within the last couple of months, the team was accused of tanking the season, and the fans booed the team's owner on center court during Chris Mullin's ceremony.
This is Lacob's way of assuring the Golden State faithful that this team is in the right hands, and the relocation to San Francisco is the first move onto the right path.
Would former owner Chris Cohan have moved this team out of Oakland, where no superstar player wants to play?
Lacob is in this for the love of the game, and the love of turning teams into bonafide contenders.
Since he has taken over as team owner, Lacob has fired Keith Smart, hired Mark Jackson and a slew of qualified assistant coaches, promoted Bob Myers to general manager and made plays for Tyson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard in hopes of landing a big man.
He also changed the image of this team by trading Monta Ellis to the Bucks for a legitimate big man in Andrew Bogut.
Ultimately, the first step to changing this team to a playoff contender was to move out of Oakland. It was the reason Howard never considered the Warriors and probably the biggest reason why Jordan and Chandler chose to go elsewhere.
Lacob has not always made the best of moves, but he is making moves, which is something we have rarely seen in the last 20 years of the Warriors.
Whatever else happens in the coming months and throughout next season, rest assured that Lacob's ownership has officially become a success because he was the one to pull the Warriors out of Oakland and into NBA relevancy.