Oakland Mayor Jean Quan responded last week by sending the team her own letter to express the city's commitment to keeping the Warriors — and the Raiders and A's, who both need a replacement to the outdated Oakland Coliseum.
She expressed disappointment following Tuesday's announcement and said Oakland's proposal "was always a larger project than just one sports team" and the city will continue to pursue all avenues for an arena.
That now seems like a lost cause.
"It's been 41 years since the Warriors played here in San Francisco," Lee said. "In my humble opinion, it's time to welcome them home."
Of course, building anything in San Francisco is never easy.
Overcoming the environmental concerns on the shoreline, the addition of a high-rise structure on the pier — not to mention the adjacent condominiums and businesses that could fight to keep their beautiful Bay Bridge views — and political wrangling in the politically charged city are among many obstacles for the project.
Lacob said it will likely take "two to two-and-a-half years" just to acquire all the permits. But he noted the NFL's San Francisco 49ers headed some 40 miles south to Santa Clara for the 2015 season "created a great incentive on the part of the mayor and the city" to help the Warriors build an arena in San Francisco.
The Warriors are counting on the 16-mile drive between the team's Oakland arena and the waterfront site in San Francisco to make all the difference.
Team executives believe more corporate sponsorship and national attention will follow in San Francisco and give the franchise the ability to land marquee free agents. Most teams that play at Golden State already stay and practice in San Francisco.
Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts called the move the "most important journey in the history of the Warriors."
"You have to be a dreamer," added Warriors executive board member Jerry West, the former Lakers star and symbol of the NBA's logo. "And we have two owners here who have vision. And they're putting their money where their mouth is."
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