So as more and more cities cancel events due to Coronavirus, the hot topic in the NBA has been whether or not teams will actually play games in front of zero fans. So far to my knowledge we hadn't had any NBA cities enforce this type of ban, but San Francisco has officially declared there cannot be gatherings of over 1,000 people, including Warriors games in their fancy new arena. As of me writing this blog the Warriors or the NBA haven't made an official statement, but something tells me this isn't going to be the last NBA city that is going to have to make a decision. Do you hold the games in a different location? Keep things the same just with no fans? The whole thing is fascinating to me only because we've never seen anything like this.
The Warriors play tomorrow night so are they just going to give the middle finger to the city of San Francisco and risk it? That feels problematic to some degree. We saw a similar decision be made in Santa Clara county which impacts the Sharks fo the NHL and we haven't heard what that plan is either. I think we can all agree that at this point it's not going away and some tough decisions have to be made. You have to factor in all the vendors and people that rely on gamedays to make money and all that shit. Pretty big matzah ball if you ask me.
For the Warriors though, maybe the answer is actually pretty simple. Just go back to Oracle in Oakland. Not sure how you figure out the tickets and all that shit, but there's a perfect arena currently not in SF that ya know, has hosted Warriors games before. That has to be a better option than no fans coming to watch the team play. Not every NBA team will have that luxury, but why not go back to their old stomping grounds and let Steph put on a show in his old building to finish out the season. I know the Warriors stink right now but people still go to their games, especially now that Steph is healthy again.
We've seen theories that the league will try and find neutral locations and all this stuff, but it's about that time they make a formal decision seeing as how the virus isn't going away and games aren't all of the sudden going to stop. What a shitshow this is turning out to be, but it would be cool to see Steph go nuts in his old arena and Oracle get back to being one of the best crowds in the NBA. Pretty sure I just did Adam Silver's job for him, nbd.