There wasn't a more pronounced home-court advantage in the NBA over the past decade than when the Warriors had a raucous crowd at then-Oracle Arena. Although the Warriors' debut season at Chase Center in 2019-20 didn't see a whole lot of winning, and was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, there were times when that roar of the crowd echoed what was heard in Oakland on a night-to-night basis.
Local regulations aimed in slowing the spread of the virus have kept the Warriors from being one of the numerous NBA teams to host certain percentages of fans at home games this season. General manager Bob Myers, in speaking to the media Friday, explained why he and the Warriors miss having fans at the arena so much.
"We hope in the near future, at least by the end of the season, we have some plan to get fans in, I can't tell you enough how much, especially for us having the fans we have, how much we miss their just energy," Myers told reporters Friday. "If you're a fan, if you ever didn't know your value or if we ever didn't appreciate it, I can tell you most importantly from the players on down through every organization, we're starving for fans.
"I would even take getting booed I suppose, from a fan. It's not what you want, but you want that passion, you want that energy and we miss it."
Myers emphasized that he and the Warriors' leadership continue to be in communication with the city of San Francisco and state officials, and are working together on how the organization can welcome fans back to Chase Center safely.
The Warriors have 15 home games remaining on the schedule, including Friday night's contest against the Atlanta Hawks.
Even if it is a modest percentage of the available seats, clearly Myers and the players would appreciate the chance to have some of Dub Nation in the building down the stretch of the season as the team tries to climb back up the Western Conference standings.