Steve Kerr: Warriors ‘owe’ it to fans to send Oracle Arena out in style
The Golden State Warriors era in Oakland is coming to an end, as the team is preparing to set up shop in San Francisco. With the Warriors opening the billion-dollar Chase Center next season, Oracle Arena will soon close out its run as the team’s longtime home.
The Warriors only have nine regular-season games and the postseason remaining at Oracle, and Steve Kerr believes the onus is on the team to send the arena out in style.
“Our team dinner that we do every year before camp starts. It’s a big part of our theme. And we’ve let our fans down many times this year at home, particularly on nights that are big ones, against great teams, national TV [games],” Kerr said, via ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “So something we’ve discussed the last two days: What’s our purpose? Why are we doing this? I think we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our fans, and particularly to our fans in Oakland, to give them our best stuff for the coming months.”
Kerr’s comments come in the wake of Tuesday’s disheartening 128-95 blowout loss to the Boston Celtics. The 33-point margin of defeat was the most lopsided home loss of the Kerr era.
The Warriors head into Friday’s showdown with the Denver Nuggets at Oracle posting a 23-9 home record. The team has never dropped more than 12 games at home under Kerr.
Amid it all, it goes without saying the Warriors have encountered a fair amount drama this season. From the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green feud to the uncertainly surrounding Durant’s future amid his frequent battles with the media, the Warriors navigated organizational dysfunction for the first time in their dynastic era.
All that said, the Warriors nevertheless sit with a Western Conference-best 44-20 record and remain the favorites to win it all.
One NBA star who grew up in Oakland wonders how the move to San Francisco could alienate the Warriors “real” fans. Sending them off in style with a run to the Finals and a third straight NBA title would be a fitting way to end a memorable era in Oakland.