What's in a name? Or, more specifically, a sports team name?
This week, we're answering questions from two Bay Curious listeners about how a couple of our Bay Area sports teams got their names.
Bay Curious listener Alan Chazaro is a lifelong Golden State Warriors basketball fan. He lives in the East Bay, and he's always thought it was weird that even though the Warriors have played their home games in Oakland since the 1970s, they're called the Golden State Warriors.
"I’ve always kind of taken it as an insult that they were never known as the Oakland Warriors," Alan said. The Warriors are the only team in the NBA — and one of the few in all of U.S. professional sports — not to be named after a city or state. They're not the Oakland Warriors or the California Warriors.
It dates back to 1971 when then-owner Franklin Mieuli planned on splitting the team's home games between the Bay Area and San Diego. He thought the "California Warriors" sounded too much like the Cal Bears of UC Berkeley, so he went with Golden State.