Warriors Ownership...It's Time For Official Team Merchandise That Also Recognizes OAKLAND!
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Oakland California is a true sports city. Even more so, it is a true basketball city. Bill Russell, Gary Payton, Isaiah Rider, Jason Kidd, Antonio Davis, Paul Silas, Brian Shaw, Paul Pierce, Leon Powe, and today's NBA star Damian Lillard, among several others, were all either born or raised here. Therefore, it is undeniable that Oakland, CA has contributed much to the legend and lore of the NBA over several decades.
Which brings us to the matter at hand, the "Golden State" Warriors. The sad but plain truth is that despite having been the host city of the Warriors for the past 45 years, the Golden State Warriors organization has never acknowledged Oakland on any official team merchandise.
A Little History:
-When the organization was formed in Philadelphia in 1946, they bore the name of their host city, and called themselves the Philadelphia Warriors.
-When the organization moved to San Francisco in 1962, despite being the only professional basketball team in the Bay Area(just like today), they still bore the name of their host city, and called themselves the "San Francisco" Warriors.
But 9 years later, when they moved to Oakland in 1971, for some strange reason, all of a sudden, the rules changed. The team completely refused to identify with its host city, Oakland. Rather, in a move that is completely contrary to every other team in the NBA that has multiple teams playing in one state, they chose to label themselves with the ambiguous moniker of "Golden State".
Now the official Golden State Warriors mantra is that the Warriors are simply the "Bay Area's team", which supposedly justifies them using the nationally ambiguous identity of "Golden State." Yet at the same time, they regularly and brazenly showcase their retro "San Francisco" and "City" jerseys all over the NBA, even putting a San Francisco "City" logo in the middle of the Oakland Oracle Arena court, for the world to see!
They have committed themselves to taking the team from Oakland, and moving them back to San Francisco by the 2018/2019 NBA season. They even went further, and publicly flirted with changing the name of the team BACK to the San Francisco Warriors after the move!
We believe this is disrespectful and unfair to the city of Oakland, and to that we say, Enough is Enough!
If the Warriors can proudly display their pride in San Francisco, a place that only hosted the team for 9 years, then even more so they should recognize and acknowledge the city of Oakland, who has hosted them for 45 years, spent over 100 million dollars of taxpayer money, hosted 2 championships, and supported the team through thick and thin, even while the Warriors were the laughing stock of the entire NBA!
We think it's time that the Warriors finally have alternate jerseys that pay homage and respect to the city and fans of Oakland and the East Bay, who have been the lifeblood of the organization for 4 and a half decades! We are proposing alternate jerseys that say "THE TOWN", a name that we Oakland residents have affectionately called our city for over 30 years.
I have included examples of what the jerseys could look like, but any similar style can also be discussed and suggested. The main point is that the Warriors should ALSO have official team jerseys, that fans can purchase, that acknowledge their host city, Oakland CA, and the fans of Oakland and the East Bay, who have been the lifeblood of the Warriors team and organization for over 4 decades!
Is there precedent in the NBA for this? Well consider:
-The Portland Trailblazers have "RipCity" jerseys
-The Charlotte Hornets have "BuzzCity" jerseys
-The Houston Rockets have "ClutchCity" jerseys
-The Golden State Warriors have proudly flaunted "The City" jerseys around for years, despite not even playing in San Francisco for the past 45 years.
So it is only RIGHT and FAIR that the Warriors also have official team merchandise that says "The Town", to represent Oakland, just as it has official team merchandise that says "The City", to represent San Francisco. Not to mention, it would increase team revenue from merchandise, as I'm sure these jerseys would be extremely popular league wide!
16 years in Philadelphia,
9 years in San Francisco(Daly City)
45 years in Oakland.
Oakland loves and identifies with the Warriors. We always have. But it often feels that the Warriors don't want to publicly identify with us. We think it's long overdue for the Warriors organization to show Oakland some love!
Join us in urging Warriors ownership to finally do the right thing, before they move back to San Francisco, and all remembrance of Oakland and the East Bay, becomes nothing more than a distant, forgotten memory!
In addition to signing this petition, don't hesitate to message the Warriors organization directly, and let them know how you feel as well!
For more on the background story...http://bit.ly/1RzffLS
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