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Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls Chase Center 'best fans in the NBA'

Warriors coach Steve Kerr calls Chase Center 'best fans in the NBA'

We knew it was going to be tough for Chase Center to consistently recreate the same kind of raucous environment that persisted throughout the ups and downs the Warriors experienced while housed at Oracle Arena. However, regardless of how you feel about the move, you have to admit, Golden State's new home hasn't exactly had a fair shot to prove itself in that way.

Yes, fans packed Oracle through many lean years and still created one of the most significant home-court advantages in the NBA. But given the tremendous highs the franchise experienced immediately prior to the current extreme lows, the fact that the roof hasn't regularly been blowing off of Chase in its inaugural season is a lot more explainable.

That said, the Warriors gave their fans plenty of reasons to cheer Friday night on their way to a 106-102 win over the visiting Pelicans, and those fans rewarded their team with Oracle-esque support down the backstretch.

Hours after the win, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made sure to express his appreciation for their unrelenting loyalty in the midst of trying times.

Friday's win improved Golden State's record to 6-24. There has been far more failure than success, considerably more disappointment than joy.

But better days are ahead.

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And when they arrive, earplugs might be necessary again.

Steph Curry wears shirt honoring Oracle Arena ahead of Warriors' opener

Steph Curry wears shirt honoring Oracle Arena ahead of Warriors' opener

Golden State began a new era of Warriors basketball Thursday night, but the previous one clearly was on Steph Curry's mind.

Walking into Chase Center ahead of the Warriors' NBA season opener against the Clippers, Curry was spotted wearing a shirt honoring Oracle Arena's memory.

Curry wasn't the only member of Golden State's backcourt to reference Oracle at the opener. In addressing the crowd prior to tip-off, Klay Thompson pointed to the championship banners that were won at Oracle and now reside in the Chase Center rafters.

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Yes, the Warriors now play in a new building, and the likes of Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston no longer are around. But just because Golden State is enjoying its shiny new digs, the Dubs aren't forgetting all the great memories that were made just across the Bay Bridge.

Watch Klay Thompson address Chase Center crowd before Warriors' season opener

Watch Klay Thompson address Chase Center crowd before Warriors' season opener

The Warriors likely will play without Klay Thompson for a while, but there was no chance in hell that he'd miss opening night.

Thompson is expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2019-2020 season, the inaugural one at Golden State's brand-new arena, Chase Center.

Before the Warriors tipped off their season opener against the Clippers on Thursday night, Thompson had a message for the home crowd.

"I'm excited for this year, and I know these guys are," Thompson began. "I've been around training camp. I know it's been an offseason of change, new building -- by the way, shout out to Joe [Lacob] and Peter [Guber] for a vision come to fruition. It's unbelievable.

"I've been seeing these young guys put in work every day. It's an exciting time to be a Warriors fan, and see, the banners came with us from Oakland."

As the crowd roared when the championship banners were shown on the monstrous video board, Thompson issued a reassurance to the hometown fans, hoping to quell their worries. After all, Golden State isn't the prohibitive NBA title favorite for the first time in six years.

"Stick with us, guys," Thompson said. "It's going to be a great year. These guys are hungry to prove themselves. It's going to be a lot of fun."

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Indeed, it will be fun. But we all can agree that it'll be that much more enjoyable when Thompson gets back on the court.

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