Warriors won’t change name from Golden State to San Francisco with move

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The Warriors, who are moving from Oakland to San Francisco, left open the door for returning to their original Bay Area name – the San Francisco Warriors.

That door is now closed.

Brian Murphy of KNBR 680:

San Francisco is probably more recognizable worldwide than Golden State. At one point, a name change would have made sense for the brand.

But the Warriors have been so successful – three straight NBA Finals, including two championships – they’ve built a strong identity with the Golden State identity. So, they’ll stick with it.