If there's one thing Joe Lacob has been in his short tenure as Golden State Warriors owner, it's bold. He's made outlandish promises and bold statements, but none may be bolder than the one he made today.
Just a couple days after news broke of a potential Warriors move across the Bay, the team held a grand press conference announcing their intentions to build an arena on the Embarcadero and have it be ready by 2017, in front of the likes of David Stern, SF Mayor Ed Lee, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and even, Ahmad Rashad.
I will say this—the renderings for the new arena are beautiful, and the plans for a state-of-the-art arena at Pier 30/32, an almost perfect location for fans traveling to the game, would be amazing. But what gets lost in the shuffle is exactly how this move will affect the home crowds at Warrior games.
It's been said quite frequently during the times when the Warriors are actually on national television that Warrior fans are 'the best fans in the NBA. That reputation may change with this impending move to San Francisco.
Here are some reasons why this may happen.