Continued from page 1

Despite only one playoff appearance since 1994, the basketball-booming Bay Area has supported the Warriors surprisingly well. The team ranked 10th in attendance this past season, averaging 18,857.

The move is still sure to upset some in Oakland, the center of the area’s basketball roots. Many NBA players past and present _ Bill Russell, Gary Payton and Jason Kidd, among scores of others _ were raised in Oakland. The NFL’s Oakland Raiders and baseball’s Oakland Athletics, which share a stadium next to Oracle Arena, are also looking for new facilities.

___

Follow Antonio Gonzalez at: www.twitter.com/agonzalezAP