With the Raiders planning to move to Las Vegas, only the Athletics and Warriors remain true to the city of Oakland. Draymond Green thinks because the NFL is leaving, the city's fans should also move on and not attend home games for the next two seasons while the Raiders wait on a new stadium.
“I feel bad for the city of Oakland. I don’t even know how that is going to work honestly with the football team moving to Las Vegas," Green told reporters Tuesday following a win over the Rockets. "I feel bad for the city. If I were the fans I wouldn’t attend a game for the next two years but that’s just me."
Raiders owner Mark Davis has avoided describing the Raiders as a “lame duck” team, but the club is expected to play in Oakland next year and 2018 to fulfill consecutive two one-year leases at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The team could play in Oakland through the 2019 season.
"That's ridiculous," Green continued. "No way I would pay my money, and you leave one of the most liked — that’s like moving the Dallas Cowboys or like moving the Packers. Moving the Raiders? You can move a lot of teams but not many fan bases like the Raiders fan base. It’s like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from L.A. — you just don’t move certain franchises.
"It would be one thing if you are moving them from Oakland to Freemont [Calif.] but to Las Vegas? I wouldn’t attend a game, I won’t attend a game and I’m not a diehard Raiders fan but I do support the city of Oakland."
Someone should probably tell Green the Raiders moved to Los Angeles and back to Oakland again, and the Lakers also made a jump to a new city.
But that's really beside the point: Oakland fans got hung out to dry and should respond by sticking it to owner Mark Davis, like Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, who hails from the Bay Area, has already done.
Here's the full clip from Green:
NFL owners on Monday approved the team's proposal to move from Oakland to Las Vegas and a new $1.9 billion domed stadium set to open in time for the 2020 season.