FOR PLAYERS ONLY: WARRIORS BAR PUBLIC FROM PRACTICE FACILITY
Oakland City Council members "were shocked to learn"
that the public "will not have access to the Warriors' two-
week-old training facility," even though the city paid $1M
of the center's $7M construction costs, according to Stacey
Wells of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Council members say that they
thought the city's financial contribution "was in exchange
for use" of the facility for youth basketball events and "to
ease overcrowding at the adjacent Oakland Convention
Center." But Warriors spokesperson Eric McDowell said,
"Right now the only accessibility is for the basketball
staff and training." Wells: "At this point, it's unclear
whether the basketball team has broken its promise to the
city or if officials misinterpreted the pledge" (Stacey
Wells, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 10/22).