With the recent and former scare of Oakland teams such as the A's and Raiders skipping town, is it beyond comprehension that the Warriors could have found themselves in the same danger? Sure, they sell out damn near every game, but even so, would that be enough for a supposed new owner (if not for Guber/Lacob) to nestle in and activate immediate plans for a new location?
Being an Oakland native who's had years of enjoyment watching my local team lose, I can say without sarcasm that some of the best times of my life were with my family at the coliseum. But the point of this is not nostalgia, it's to get Warriors fans to realize how much we should appreciate Joe Lacob for probably keeping the Warriors in the bay area, permanently.
Yes, it's feasible for a sports franchise to move out of Oakland. It's been done before, and it sounds like it's going to be done again. But how many times has a team moved out of San Francisco? Ironically the Warriors have, but the point being is that San Francisco is both recognized nationally and globally as a symbol of Californian philosophy.
Once this basketball mecca is built on the water of one of the most recognized cities in the world, it will be incomprehensible for the team to move some place like Nevada or San Diego. The focus has been stressed far too much on the preference of Oakland over San Francisco. The importance is clearly and respectfully, that the team is here for good, and no one's going to come in here and change that.