The Golden State Warriors now live in San Francisco, but for many players and coaches who have brought championships to the Bay Area in recent years, Oakland’s connection – the city where the team played for 47 years and recently went straight to five NBA Finals inside Oracle Arena – stronger than ever. Those roots were clear, as Warriors personnel discussed what it meant to wear their new “Oakland Forever” jersey – Oakland embossed in their chests – which would begin during Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
“It’s the fire,” Warriors forward Drymond Green said during a video conference with reporters following Monday night’s win at the Los Angeles Lakers. “You know, I rock with Oakland; this is my second home. The soul of our team comes from Oakland. That’s just what it is. The soul of this organization is built in Oakland; that’s just the reality.” “
The jersey, made famous by the “We Believe” Warriors during the 2007 playoff run, is blue with orange outline with Oakland. They are part of the City Edition Collection, which Nike puts together every year throughout the league.
“I like the jersey a lot,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think they’re really good-looking, and the fact that they say Oakland on them is just awful. I always have five years of incredible memories of playing at Oracle and practicing every day in Oakland at our facility. Hoge. East Bay.
“Those people are right: Oakland will always be a big part of our identity and our roots. We’re a Bay Area team. Obviously, the team played in San Francisco before we played in Oakland, and that’s why we’re so proud. The whole In representing the Bay. But Oakland will always hold a special place in our hearts. “
The Warriors moved to their new home, the Chase Center in San Francisco before the 2019–20 season. While staff members understood the relocation, given the massive revenue potential in the sparkling new building that cost more than $ 1 billion to build, it was difficult for many to leave the East Bay because they The community he had grown to call home.
For Warriors star Stephen Curry, the jersey is reminiscent of his NBA debut. The Warriors took the Davidson product with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA draft, making it the last player in the current roster to have worn the ‘We Believe’ jersey during their opening season in the league.
“They were on fire,” Curry said Monday night, referring to the case of what those unions had done. “But it was old stuff; they were heavy as hell. It’s the one thing I miss; you put them on, versus how they make them now, it’s night and day. But look, It’s just so classic. ” You think of the old school, you think of this franchise, Oakland, the expression of what we were, those jerseys are front and center, front of mind. “
The Warriors wore the white version of the “We Believe” jersey during the last regular season game at Oracle Arena during the 2018-19 season, but this would be the first time the group could wear the jersey that actually says Oakland.
“The last time we wore them, the last regular season game in ’19 at Oracle, it was just an amazing moment to bring those guys back,” Curry said. “Obviously, Oakland now has a chest, it’s special. We have a lot of great memories that are on that side [Bay] Bridge. Respect for that era of Warrior basketball. And this is obviously special to me because my badass year; I was the only one on this team who wore them, so this is very special. “