I have watched the Warriors for about twenty-two years now and have faced the disappointment of the breakup of Run TMC and seeing the team in the playoffs only in 2007. That is unacceptable as a fan. I find myself rooting for the Warriors to lose now just so we can get a first round draft pick (tanking). I have done this other years, too, in order to get a higher pick. If our brain trust were better, then I would be rooting for today's team to make the playoffs, but realistically I can not say that. I do not believe they are a playoff team after watching them for about thirty games. This team has given away young players and draft picks for nothing, cash, and even when they get a nice pick, they did not draft the players I wanted like Greg Monroe. If the GM wanted Ekpe Udoh, I think he could have gotten in a separate deal in later rounds. We have lost Jeremy Lin (now Linsanity in New York) and a Charlie Bell (expiring) and got nothing in return. No DeAndre Jordan. Afterward, I was sick after hearing the comments by GM Larry Riley about amnesty as "How important is that?" Year after year, the Warriors have wasted their opportunities.
However, my thread is about rooting for the Sacramento Kings to move. What? How is that even related to the Warriors woes. The Kings are my hometown team and probably I have gone to more Kings games than Warriors games during the past several years. They were great during the Webber-Vlade-Bibby years and packed the ARCO Arena. Those were the good old days for the Kings and I enjoyed rooting for my hometown team. Now, the team is trying to build a downtown arena with minimal city funds and maximum private funds. I am getting to why we should be rooting for them to move. I just wanted to lay the background first.
I was a season ticket holder from 1990, but somewhere around the 00s (oughts), I decided not to renew. I bought some mini-plans and paid extra to see the playoffs in 2007. Yet, year after year, I see the Warriors futility. They promise the playoffs and don't deliver. What is frustrating is instead of fans staying away in droves like the Kings fans, the Warriors keep getting new fans to replace the ones that have left. This does not give any incentive for the owner to spend money and spend the money to get the right people in place to turn the team around. Our current owner, whom we thought to be better than the previous owner, Chris Cohan, has been similar to Cohan, but more a PR person. He doesn't have much to lose when he has a near full arena for every game, so he gets to play GM. What fan would not want the excitement of seeing their decisions on the court coming together? There is no competition in the San Francisco - Bay Area for the Warriors to improve. They sell out and get good local TV/cable ratings because they are the only game in town. The NFL and MLB have two teams in the area, but not the NBA. I would like to see someone like Larry Ellison buy a team and bring it to the San Jose area to provide the competition necessary to shake the Warriors ownership up and give them a run for the NBA dollar. If the Kings move South, then I believe another team would want to move in to fill the vacuum. Of course, current majority partner, Joe Lacob, does not want to see that happen and is trying to move a D-League team into San Jose. He has bought a D-League team and could do that, effectively shutting out the major league competition, and keeping the Warriors as they are today -- just good enough to make a "meaningless" promise of the playoffs, but not being so bad that they get into a position to get a high lottery draft pick. Even their mistakes such as drafting Udoh over Monroe and losing young players like Jeremy Lin are swept under the rug.