‘The heart is here’: why the Warriors’ success is more bitter than sweet

Although the team’s move to San Francisco is only across the Bay, longtime Warriors fans based in Oakland are feeling left behind

As fans streamed into the Oracle Arena in Oakland for the third game of the NBA Finals, the excitement for the Golden State Warriors was tinged with melancholy – a victory parade that could feel, at times, like a funeral march.

In a few weeks, the team will no longer call Oakland home, moving across the Bay to the $1bn Chase Center in San Francisco. The move is only 16 miles by car but for many fans of the Warriors, who have been playing in Oakland for 47 years, it feels much farther – representing a betrayal of the city that made them.

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