OAKLAND – Despite the overwhelming crowd support of the organization’s current location, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the Warriors need a new home.
And he does not seem to mind whether the franchise remains in Oakland or moves to San Francisco’s Mission Bay.
“The team needs a new building,” Siliver said Thursday, just prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals. “I think that’s apparent. Every time I come here it’s apparent.”
Silver said it becomes even more obvious when a big event comes to Oracle Arena. The NBA Finals attracted 1,800 media members, he said.
While Silver is in the Bay Area, he said he will meet with Warriors president and COO Rick Welts and he will take a look at the site in San Francisco, just south of AT&T Park. He said he will become more familiar with the situation in the next couple of days.
Silver said the decision will ultimately rest with CEO Joe Lacob and co-executive chair Peter Guber.
“There’s a reason they’re the Golden State Warriors and not the Oakland Warriors,” Silver said. “For us, it’s ultimately a team decision. We think it’s important that the team stay in this area, but I think ultimately we have confidence in Joe and Peter to make the right decision for the franchise in this community.
“Ultimately, this team needs a new arena. There’s no doubt about that. This is one of the oldest arenas in the league and we can’t support long terms the NBA infrastructure, so I will take the opportunity to be to better educate myself.”