Warriors' S.F. arena will be significantly smaller than Oracle

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Warriors' S.F. arena will be significantly smaller than Oracle

The Warriors announced on May 21 that they were going to tryto build a waterfront arena in downtown San Francisco that would be ready forthe 2017 season.Since then, the Warriors have been pushing forward with theproject. Over the weekend, team president Rick Welts appeared on KCBS In-Depthshow to give a few updates on whats going on with the proposed arena.Here are some excerpts:On the size of the proposed arena:Welts: "We havent landed completely on the numberof seats. It will not be as large from a capacity standpoint as the arena weplay in now (19, 596). We think, frankly, thats a good design. We want it tobe an extremely intimate facility. But until we do have the design nailed down,its not possible to explain with accuracy the size of it.On what the proposed arena will look like, itsdesign and how much tickets will cost:Welts: Its going to be top of the line in everyrespect. We dont really know what the economy is going to be in five years. Wedont know what the economics of the NBA will be in five years; its evenpremature to talk about pricing.What we do know is we want the arena to be full every nightand for it to be full every night it has to be organized and priced in a waythat 16,000, 17,000 are excited about coming. Were a long way toward gettingto those discussions. Its really going to be as much about where the NBAeconomics go over the next five-year period.On people doubting whether the arena will be builtby 2017, as projected:Welts: Anyone who is not familiar with ourownership group, I can understand the skepticism. But this is not only(co-owner) Peter Guber and (co-owner) Joe Lacob who are leading this. They paidthe highest price ever paid for an NBA team to have the privilege of doingbusiness in the Bay Area.REWIND: Warriors announce S.F. arena plan
And this is a doubling down and then some on thatinvestment. Thats the easiest part of the process. Anybody who is trying toput out there skepticism based on that doesnt understand the financial wherewithalof this ownership group. Beyond Peter Guber and Joe Lacob is really 20 ofSilicon Valleys Whos Who, all united and excited about the project and theyunderstand this, again, financed privately by the ownership group.On failed attempts in the past to build on Piers30-32:Welts: There have been many failed proposals onthat site and the most daunting reason for that is the 100 million-plus thatits going to cost just to put the piers in a condition where development canactually take place.That number has scared away a lot of people in the past. Weaccept that number. Thats in our plan. Were going to spend that money tobring the pier back to public use. It literally has no value other than as aparking lot. And that, to us, seems like something we can reclaim for the cityin a way that will be much better public use.On the timing of contracting with an architect todesign the proposed arena:Welts: We know what it wont be; we dont knowyet what it will be. Were just starting the public process and thats going tohelp determine that. We see this as an iconic site. We think it has to be anarchitecturally significant structure. Were in the process of interviewingvery well-known, to San Francisco, architects that are very excited about beinginvolved in this project.RELATED: Steinmetz -- Can Joe Lacob deliver on his latest promise?
We hope to pick that architect or those architects sometime in the next month. We think that will be greeted as a sign of ourunderstanding of the significance of the site.On the special-interest groups who might make itchallenging to get the project done:Welts: Transparency is something were veryfocused on. We have amazing vistas. The arena itself will only occupy 25 to 30percent of that site so theres opportunities in how you place it, amount ofglass you use, that really takes advantage of these extraordinary views youhave from this site.Its a Work in progress. Before anything is finalized fromthe approval standpoint, obviously we have to have a very specific plan inmind. Were going through the process of community engagement and gatheringideas. Its a pier so there have to be marine uses that are incorporated intothis.All those things are in discussion right now and will haveto be finalized before the project is approved.

Curry bounces back in blowout, wins point guard battle with Irving

Curry bounces back in blowout, wins point guard battle with Irving

OAKLAND -- No one among the Warriors had a deeper desire to beat the Cavaliers than Stephen Curry, and his performance Monday gave every indication that he wanted it as badly as he needed it.

And after losing the point-guard battle to Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving in four successive games, all Warriors losses, it was past time for Curry as the back-to-back MVP to stand up and make a statement.

His response was impressive: 20 points (7-of-20 shooting), 11 assists, four steals and a 126-91 rout by the Warriors. He was plus-23 over 31 minutes.

“He was making shots, it’s as simple as that,” Irving said. “In transition, off pick-and-rolls, doing what he does and that makes him a great player.”

Irving’s response: 17 points (6-of-19 shooting), two assists and a game-high-tying (with teammate LeBron James) six turnovers. Irving was minus-12 over 29 minutes.

“Steph was great,” coach Steve Kerr said. “A phenomenal first half, I think he had 10 assists. His energy was great and he set the tone. He put a lot of pressure on the defense.”

Curry has been playing with renewed vigor lately, his mentality changing shortly after the Warriors on Christmas Day in Cleveland blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, taking a 109-108 loss. Curry took only 11 shots, scoring 15 points.

He was particularly good in the first half, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, with 10 assists and three steals. Curry clearly came to destroy.

“It was a great way to start, just a foot on the gas pedal,” Curry said.

Curry’s game, along with the victory, may silence some of the narrative suggesting the Cavaliers have his number. Though he was displeased with one aspect of his game, Curry happily accepted the outcome. Or that Irving hadn't caught up to him.

“I obviously wanted to play well; I didn’t want to walk off the floor with anything more than what I think is a solid, aggressive game,” he said. “I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I wanted to. Some shots I normally make didn’t go down.

But I can live with that knowing I took care of the other stuff I was supposed to do on the floor. Really, what was all in my head was that I definitely wanted to leave this arena tonight with a solid performance and obviously get the win.”

Durant gets personal with stuffing of LeBron, stops any momentum for Cavs

Durant gets personal with stuffing of LeBron, stops any momentum for Cavs

OAKLAND -- There was a single play Monday night that delighted Warriors fans more than any other in a 126-91 win over the Cavaliers, and it was not any of five 3-point bombs dropped by Oracle Arena favorite Stephen Curry.

Nor was it the high-velocity collision between Draymond Green and LeBron James, which resulted in Green being assessed with a Flagrant Foul 1 and the Warriors cranking up their intensity to another level.

No, the most satisfying play of all was on defense, and it was made by offensive wizard Kevin Durant, who sent a resounding message to the Cavaliers and, moreover, to James, Cleveland’s superstar forward.

With 9:48 left in the third quarter and James driving in for a dunk, Durant responded by rising up and cleanly stuffing the shot, sending James sprawling helplessly to the floor as the Warriors gained possession and raced the other way.

“That block at the rim was definitely great,” Draymond Green said. “If LeBron dunks on him right there, the momentum swings, he’s excited and everything can possibly swing. Yeah, he made a stand. Got a big block for us and we got off to the races. That puts momentum completely in our favor.”

With the crowd pumping up the volume, the Warriors, already in control, finished the job. And don’t think Durant isn’t aware of the effect such a play has.

“Yeah, especially when you’re at home, when you get a block against anybody, the crowd is into the game and they really enjoy that,” he said. “Around the league now, in every arena, fans are starting to respect defense. They can sense that it’s a momentum shift when you get a big block or a huge steal or a block.”

It also put momentum, on a personal level, in Durant’s favor. Despite the fact that Curry has won the last two MVP awards, it’s widely believed that James and Durant are the top two players in the NBA.

James has three championship rings, while Durant has none. James has four MVP awards, to one for Durant. When the two met in the 2012 NBA Finals, when Durant was with the Thunder and James with the Heat, Miami won in five games.

Durant, who entered the league four years after James, is at the point in his career that he believes he’s ready for anything James may have. Furthermore, since coming to the Warriors last summer, Durant clearly embraces the opportunity to beat James.

Durant posted 36 points and 15 rebounds when the teams met in Cleveland on Christmas Day, and posted 21 points, six rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals on Monday. KD, on an individual basis, is now 2-0 this season against LeBron.

“Guarding one of the best players in the league, and somebody that can score in different ways and impact the game from different ways, whether it’s in transition or the pick-and-roll or (isolation), I just tried to stay locked in and relied on my teammates,” Durant said.