Would Joe Lacob, trick-or-treating as Bigfoot, ruin Oakland’s WNBA dream?

The WNBA decides to expand and identifies the Bay Area as where it plans to build a new team. A great fit for so many reasons.

On announcement day, with much fanfare and cheering, the WNBA declares, “Our new franchise will be in San Francisco!”


What about Oakland? Hasn’t Oakland’s African American Sports and Entertainment Group been loving last year with the WNBA about setting up a new team in Oakland? Did AASEG fail to secure the Oakland Arena, sign up a new dynamic owner Alana Beard, plus a power bloc of Black Oakland women, and working from every angle of expansion, receiving positive feedback from the top tiers of the WNBA?

Sorry, city. You’ve grown big-footed. The Warriors and Owner Joe Lacob stepped in with his wallet, his women’s basketball credit, his new arena, and his strong track record of owning a basketball team.

It can happen. If so, it wouldn’t be bad for the Bay Area, which would get a team in a dynamic, growing league. But it would be another huge blow to Oakland’s jaw.

AASEG thinks it has the inside track in landing a WNBA franchise, and Ray Bobbitt and his crew have worked hard and smart. They have vision, money and a mission.

But Lacob sitting at the table was going to change the game of poker, and he told me he’s still interested in having a WNBA team to work with his Warriors.

This nightmare scenario (for Oakland) would cement Lacob’s place as Oakland’s No. 1 villain. The city is said to erect a statue of Lacob that a couple… Jack London‘s wolves.

Would Lacob do that, steal another basketball team from Oakland?

One possibility: Lacob gets a WNBA franchise, and because he has a heart and a business sense, he chooses to plant his team in Oakland. Lacob truly believes that Oakland is a great sports city.

When it comes to a battle between Oakland and San Francisco for that WNBA franchise, here’s what the city has in its favour: If there’s a lit, do-it-right competition in professional sports, it’s the WNBA.

Deep thoughts, cheap shots & bon mots…

• The Hollywood rumor is that Brad Pitt‘s next movie image of an Oakland Athletic will play Bob Melvin in “Escape From Alcatraz East Bay.” Sportspeople often ignore the advice so generously given in this column, so it was nice to see that Melvin may have read my October 17 column: “It’s time for Billy Beane and Bob Melvin to get out of the Oakland/Las Vegas A’s.”

• The A’s will replace Bob Melvin, but they will not replace Bob Melvin.

• Bad news for the 49ers: Bears’ coach Matt Nagy will be released on Sunday due to a positive corona test. There’s a trend: NFL teams and quarterbacks thrive when they lose their head coach. Exhibition A: Derek Carr, which has found new life AG ​​(Na Gruden). Exhibit B: Cardinals Who Lost Cliff Kingsbury for their October 17 game in Cleveland, where Kyler Murray led to a big win. Murray said: “I think (Kingsbury’s absence) has given me a little more freedom.” Is the Justin Fields‘ play?

• Is that really such a bad idea? Teach your quarterback the system and philosophy, then have him quarterback the team?

• For the A’s, rental Marcus Zaden go last season was a stroke of genius. Imagine if the A’s had Semien as a shortstop all season (45 HR/102 RBIs/.873 OPS, Gold Glove finalist at second base) instead of Elvis Andrus (3/37/.614). The A’s win the World Series and let their hero run away to cut costs, while John Fishero plans its $12 billion project.

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