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.

Whether Brown or Kerr coach, Warriors sticking to same blueprint

Whether Brown or Kerr coach, Warriors sticking to same blueprint

OAKLAND -- For the first time since he joined the coaching staff last summer, Mike Brown on Wednesday morning arrived at the Warriors facility a man in charge.

As acting head coach, he would decide when practice started and when it ended, and conduct proceedings in between.

The general activity was not much different for anyone else, though, as it continues to become evident that everything the Warriors do for the foreseeable future will be a Brown-Kerr, or Kerr-Brown, production.

“Steve is going to be a part of this process the whole time,” Brown said after practice. “Almost before I do anything, I’m going to consult with him. The only time I won’t consult with him is probably during a game.”

Since Kerr’s announcement last Sunday that he was taking an indefinite leave to attend to personal health issues, Brown has been wielding the clipboard. He actually coached Game 3 against Portland last Saturday, in Kerr’s absence, before knowing in advance he’d also coach Game 4 Monday night.

Brown is 2-0, with the Game 4 win clinching a Warriors sweep of the Trail Blazers. Yet Brown is quick to remind anyone that he is following the plan laid out by Kerr. The two exchanged texts Tuesday and, according to Brown, “spoke at length” after the game between the Jazz and the Clippers -- one of which will face the Warriors in the next round.

Though the Warriors are operating under a different head coach, all indications are the atmosphere around the team remains stable and relatively unchanged.

“Obviously it’s different personalities, but when you make it about the players, when you make it about winning, all that other stuff really doesn’t matter,” Kevin Durant said. “He coaches us. He coaches the game of basketball and he does it very well. Our whole coaching staff does the same thing.

“When it’s about basketball, it’s not about trying to have authority over us. He’s just coaching us. He’s just coaching us up. He’s just telling us the proper way to do things on the basketball court. It’s pretty simple when you try to do that. Then it’s on us to try to execute.”

Execution has gone well, particularly over the last six quarters of the series against Portland. The Warriors wiped out a 16-point deficit in the second half to win Game 3, and then rolled to a 35-9 start in Game 4 before coasting to the closeout victory.

Brown was on the sideline in Game 4, with Kerr watching the game from the locker room.

It’s fairly apparent, though, that everyone involved feels a heightened sense of accountability and ownership.

“Mike has had a pretty big voice throughout the whole season,” Durant said. “He’s been a head coach before, understands what it takes to be a head coach. And the coaching staff is just so smart, and they empower each other.

“Anybody, if you’re around us on a day-to-day basis, anybody can tell that they work well as a group. Coach Kerr does a great job. He spearheads it all by empowering everybody, from the coaches to the players.”

After sweeping Blazers, Warriors relishing some needed down time

After sweeping Blazers, Warriors relishing some needed down time

OAKLAND -- After arriving in Oakland in the wee hours Tuesday morning, the Warriors took the day off, went through a light practice Wednesday and will take another day off Thursday.

Slackers, eh?

Not really, when the next game is at least four days away.

The semi-lax scheduling isn’t the decision of acting head coach Mike Brown. It’s not even the decision of head coach Steve Kerr, who was not at practice Wednesday and remains out indefinitely. It’s a common sense call that was made between the two men, with players and staffers on board.

“If you can sweep every series,” Kevin Durant said after practice, “then that’ll be perfect.”

This is one of the perks of sweeping a first-round opponent. By eliminating the Trail Blazers in four games and with their next opponent undetermined, the Warriors are able to balance work and rest.

“With this group here,” Brown said, “the continuity that the nucleus has and how intelligent the guys are, with the big-time veterans we’ve brought in, we feel that rest for their bodies and mentally (are) more important than coming in here and having practice on a daily basis.”

They also have a couple guys recovering from injuries. Forward Matt Barnes (right foot/ankle bone bruise) has been out two weeks, and guard Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain/hand contusion) has missed the past nine days. Both, however, are expected to be available for the next series.

The soonest that would be is Sunday against Utah, which owns a 3-2 series lead over the Clippers and can close it out Friday in Salt Lake City. If the Clippers win and push the series to seven games, the Warriors would then open against the Clippers-Jazz winner on May 2.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have no choice but to prepare for both, with plenty of time to do so.