Rick Welts: Warriors ‘have Done a 100 Percent Reversal' on Changing Name

The Warriors are moving to San Francisco.

The Chase Center is expected to be ready in time for the start of the 2019-2020 season.

Will the team become the San Francisco Warriors?

Five years ago, "I would have told you absolutely positively there is no way we're not changing the name to the San Francisco Warriors," Warriors President and COO Rick Welts told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye this week. "What's happened in the interim is the Warriors, with the success we've had on the floor, have now become the team that everyone knows around the world.

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"More Steph Curry jerseys are sold around the world than any other player in the NBA. More Warriors merchandise than any other team in the NBA. So now, I think we've done a 100 percent reversal, saying, 'You know, we have a lot of equity in this Golden State name and it really means something around the world.' So those who were hoping for San Franicsco Warriors, while no final decision has been made, I wouldn't hold your breath."

When the franchise moved from Philadelphia to the Bay Area after the 1961-62 season, it became the San Francisco Warriors.

Before the start of the 1971-72 season, they became the Golden State Warriors.

It sounds like it's going to stay that way.

"I would be willing to bet when we design that court, that name San Francisco may appear there somehwere to indicate exactly the location where Chase Center is," Welts added. "But I think we've really grown to embrace the Golden State name as something that we can carry with us going forward."

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