Warriors' Welts: 'No final decision' on possible name change


Warriors' Welts: 'No final decision' on possible name change

Any presumption that the Warriors, upon departing Oakland for San Francisco in 2019, will dump the Golden State moniker is premature, according to the team executive who has spent five years devoted to completing the impending move.

Despite speculation that the Warriors will reassume the name San Francisco Warriors, team president/COO Rick Welts said Thursday that the odds are against it.

“The team’s success has caused us to really rethink whether or not that’s something we should or want to do,” Welts said on the Warriors Insider Podcast. “I guess it’s fair to say there’s been no final decision made.

“But if you were a betting man, I think you would probably want to wager that the name might remain the same.”

Upon moving to San Francisco from Philadelphia in 1962 the Warriors, playing primarily at the Cow Palace, adopted the name San Francisco Warriors. Though the Warriors played at the Oakland Coliseum Arena (now Oracle Arena) as early as November 1966, they retained the San Francisco name.

Five years later, in 1971, the franchise completed the move to Oakland and was renamed the Golden State Warriors.

The nebulousness of the name confused many beyond the Bay Area. The Warriors have in fact drafted players who admitted to now knowing where the franchise was located prior to arriving in Oakland.

Because the team has spent the past five years working so diligently toward returning to San Francisco, informed speculation has been the team would reattach the name San Francisco Warriors.

“Four years ago, I think the conventional wisdom in our building here in Oakland was that, yes, we should attach a city name to the team, that it would become a more global franchise,” Welts said. “There was a lot of head-scratching four years ago about where the Golden State Warriors even played, in other parts of the world.

“What’s happened with the team over the course of the ensuing years, until today, has made the Warriors if not the preeminent, at least among the three best-known NBA franchises around the world. And everybody who didn’t know where the Golden State Warriors were four years ago, if you’re a fan today, anywhere in the world, you know where the Golden State Warriors are.”

The implication: the greatly increased profile of the team has better defined the identity of the franchise, making “Golden State” more palatable to the brain trust.

Whether the name stays or goes is, according to Welts, not yet decided.

Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

After falling to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, the Warriors are looking to avoid their first three-game losing trip on the road under coach Steve Kerr. Next on the schedule: the San Antonio Spurs.

The Warriors (12-5) and Spurs (7-7) each have battled injuries this season, and Golden State again will be without Draymond Green and Steph Curry. Both teams usually are atop the NBA Western Conference standings, but it hasn't been quite as easy this season.

So, can the Warriors overcome drama and injuries to win in San Antonio? We're about to find out.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Spurs, as well as the pregame and postgame coverage, live online. 

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. PT (pregame show at 3 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
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Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN ANTONIO -- Even as the Warriors project unwavering confidence, alarms are ringing around them. They can silence some of the noise Sunday by beating the Spurs and avoiding their first winless three-game road trip under coach Steve Kerr.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3 p.m. PT with Warriors Pregame, and tipoff at AT&T Center is scheduled for 4:05.

The injury-ravaged Warriors (12-5) have lost four of their last six games, including two in a row for the first time since April. They’re coming off a 112-109 loss at Dallas on Saturday night.

The Spurs (7-7) also are are struggling, losing three in a row and five of their last six.


F Kevin Durant
F Jonas Jerebko
C Damian Jones/Kevon Looney
G Klay Thompson
G Quinn Cook

F DeMar DeRozan
F LaMarcus Aldridge
C Dante Cunningham
G Bryn Forbes
G Derrick White


C DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles tendon surgery rehab), G Stephen Curry (groin strain), F Draymond Green (toe sprain) and forward Alfonzo McKinnie (foot soreness) are listed as out.

F/C Davis Bertans (concussion protocol), C Pau Gasol (foot soreness), G Dejounte Murray (ACL surgery rehab) and G Lonnie Walker (medial meniscus tear) are listed as out.


Kerr made a lineup change against the Mavericks, with Kevon Looney replacing Damian Jones at center. Results were mixed, but Jones had the more impactful game. Looney, however, might be the better defender against San Antonio big man Aldridge.

Though Kerr might stay with Andre Iguodala starting at point guard, the coach has to consider going back to Cook inasmuch as the Warriors could use the offensive boost provided by his 50 percent shooting from deep. Cook’s presence also would create more room for Durant and Thompson.

The bench, as a group, was terrific Saturday in Dallas. Point guard Shaun Livingston and shooting guard Damion Lee and Cook had particularly strong games. If Cook doesn’t start, he still could play 20 to 25 minutes.

A roster makeover has given San Antonio an different look and partly explains whey coach Gregg Popovich is using more three-guard rotations than usual. Aldridge is the only consistent starter who was on the team last season.

DeRozan is playing well at shooting guard/small forward. Rudy Gay has been hampered by a tender heel, which caused him to leave the game early Thursday. He was not, however, on the injury list. If he’s healthy, he can make an impact.

Though point guard Patty Mills and shooting guard Marco Belinelli provide scoring off the bench, both can be exploited on defense. Their minutes are needed, but they also contribute an atypically bad defense -- San Antonio ranks 25th in field-goal percentage defense.