Warriors’ Stephen Curry hoping to ‘go out with a bang’ during last season at Oracle Arena
Play-by-play announcer Bob Fitzgerald was heavily booed after asking fans if they can believe this is the last year at Oracle Arena, the venue which has been home to the Golden State Warriors for nearly 50 seasons. The Warriors will move on to the new state-of-the-art Chase Center to start the 2019-20 season, making this the last for the Warriors at “Roaracle” — one franchise star Stephen Curry expects to make as memorable as possible.
“I would say that I’m envisioning a special moment in June, hopefully playing another finals in Oracle, hopefully winning another championship, going out with a bang,” Curry said earlier this week before an exhibition game in Las Vegas, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. “We would love to give Oracle and Oakland one last ride. There’s so much history baked into it.”
Warriors fans have mixed feelings about the end of the partnership between the organization and the arena, which was been home to Golden State since its inception in 1966, initially for one season as the San Francisco Warriors (1966-67) and then permanently after 1971, when the team changed its name to the unique Golden State that adorns the franchise today.
Oracle, formerly known as Oakland Arena (2006), The Arena in Oakland (1997-2005) and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena for its first 30 years, has witnessed some of the team’s best runs during these latter years, as the Warriors have brought home three titles to “The O” in the last four years.
The uncertainty of keeping star forward Kevin Durant has also flooded the list of doubts, one coach Steve Kerr won’t dwell on, as he expressed on media ay — hoping players and fans enjoy their run as the NBA’s team to beat.
“When I said what I said, I didn’t mean for it to be that this could be the end. What I meant was, ‘We’re in the middle of this run and let’s enjoy it.’ We’re aware we’re in that sweet spot,” said Kerr. “We have guys who love to play together and love the game, so my message has been to just focus on enjoying this run, because history tells you that you don’t have these runs for a decade — unless you’re San Antonio.”
The Warriors are once again the favorite to come away with the title, and if things go as planned, they will bless Oracle with one last banner to cap off the best five-year run for the oldest and loudest NBA arena in existence.