If we’re speaking strictly in terms of aesthetics, the Golden State Warriors’ new “Oakland Forever” City Edition uniforms aren’t bad.
They blend the old color scheme and word marks from the “We Believe” era of Golden State teams with the current team’s template. And just looking at the jersey, it works nicely.
But this uniform unveiling all went downhill from there.
The Warriors, of course, left the city of Oakland and Oracle Arena to move to the new Chase Center in San Francisco last season. It marked a departure from the city that the Warriors called home for nearly 50 years. And on top of that, the Warriors and Oakland are in a $40 million legal dispute!
Oakland is and will always be a part of our team’s identity.
“Oakland Forever,” presented by @Rakuten, is a nod to the We Believe era and its turning point in Oakland’s basketball history.
To honor the Town, we partnered with Nike to put a spin on these classic uniforms. pic.twitter.com/d7nUAJLbzM
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) November 2, 2020
In fact, the team rolled out these uniforms the day after it was reported that the Warriors were taking the $40 million dispute over owed renovation money to the California Supreme Court.
With that context in mind, no wonder NBA fans didn’t appreciate these uniforms.
Imagine releasing “Oakland Forever” jerseys while suing that same city over $40 million you owe in renovation debt.
— Justin Phan (@jphanned) November 2, 2020
— warriorsworld (@warriorsworld) November 2, 2020
Cmon now. Oakland asked for these about 20 years ago. Too little too late. U wanna claim Oakland on your jersey as you currently take the city to court for unpaid debts for oracle arena? Interesting
— Town Dubs (@TownBizWarriors) November 2, 2020
I mean you aren’t that Oakland if you leave. @ParanormalPat64
— Back In Time Podcast (@Backintimepod) November 2, 2020
Then why does the team keep disputing what it owes? Is this also your way of honoring The Town? https://t.co/8VrQA0OF7Q
— Sharyn (@ChickenKatsuFTW) November 2, 2020
The timing is impeccable.
— Took 3 rings from your King (@CosmixE24) November 2, 2020
By moving to San Francisco. What a big honor for Oakland.
— Jsitt (@jordansittner) November 2, 2020
So let me get this straight, you guys wait until you move out of Oakland to drop these? https://t.co/w1L13qOXFq
— Rancey (@LoveRance) November 2, 2020
Pay the Money you owe the city of Oakland as well please! https://t.co/p6TXezaSfr
— Will MacNeil (@RFWill149) November 2, 2020
That’s some timing.