Warriors’ Steve Kerr speaks out on final game ever in Oracle Arena vs. Raptors
Thursday night will not only mark what could be the end of the Golden State Warriors dynasty, but the end of an entire era at Oracle Arena.
With the Warriors ready to move to the newly-minted Chase Center next fall, Game 6 of the NBA Finals will be the final game played in Oakland.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reflected on the situation and the strangeness in knowing the Warriors will still have to play in Toronto should they win tonight:
Steve Kerr on the final Warriors game at Oracle Arena:
"Win or lose, we'll be able to share some emotion and say our goodbyes, and hopefully with one more game to play in Toronto. But it is a strange, unique night."
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) June 13, 2019
Steve Kerr on #Warriors channeling & embracing the emotion of the final game ever at Oracle Arena.
“This is unique. Sort of a once in a career moment where you play in a building for the very last time.” pic.twitter.com/X7Ten86t85
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) June 13, 2019
Oracle is the oldest stadium in the NBA. It was originally built in 1966, though it was originally known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena.
After playing the occasional host to the Warriors and the California Golden Bears, Oracle became the permanent home of the Warriors prior to the 1971-72 season.
Throughout the years, the arena has garnered a reputation as one of the noisiest buildings in basketball. It has been home to iconic moments like Baron Davis’ detonation over former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko in the 2007 Western Conference semifinals, and has now hosted the last five NBA Finals.
Warriors players were asked at length about the reality that Game 5–a loss to the Raptors–may have been the final game played at Oracle, but Golden State has one more opportunity to send their fans home happy on Thursday night.
Home court has surprisingly been a relatively unimportant factor during this series. The Warriors are 2-1 in Toronto but 0-2 at Oracle.
They will look to buck that winless record and send the series back to Toronto for Game 7.