If you don’t know yet, Oracle Arena – the current home of the Golden State Warriors – will no longer be an NBA stadium once the 2019 NBA Finals are complete. When the year began, it was the oldest home arena in the league, which means there is plenty of treasured history within the walls at Oracle.
With the NBA Finals shifting to Oakland for Game 3, Golden State fans are most likely experiencing a plethora of emotions. On one hand, the Warriors are tied 1-1 in the series and are looking to become just the fourth franchise and sixth team to complete the coveted Larry O’Brien three-peat. On the other hand, they are watching their team play on the historic Oakland hardwood for the last time before they ship off to San Francisco.
As we get set to witness the final few games at the historic venue, Betsology counts down the top 10 moments in Oracle Arena’s history, including the Baron Davis dunk heard ‘round the world.
Honorable Mention: The Official Grateful Dead Touring Town
Ok, so this isn’t exactly a single moment, which is why it doesn’t quite make the list; however, whenever The Grateful Dead is involved, it’s most likely worth the mention. Jerry Garcia and the historic band performed at Oracle Arena – previously known as the Arena in Oakland (’97-’05) and before that, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (’66-’96) – more times that any other venue during their touring days. In fact, they played a total of 66 live shows at the arena, which makes sense, considering the band was originally formed in Palo Alto, California – right down the street from O-town.
#10 – Eric ‘ Sleepy’ Floyd scores 29 4Q points to will Warriors past Showtime Lakers
The year was 1987, and the Los Angeles Lakers – led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – were the premier team in the NBA. L.A. had already won five of the last seven titles and were about to kick off another three-peat under the guidance of head coach Pat Riley. First, they had to get through the Warriors. What started as an easy task became a whole lot more difficult when the Lakers tried to close out a sweep in Oakland. Eric ‘Sleepy’ Floyd refused to get swept at home, going off for 29 points in the fourth quarter and willing the Warriors to a 129-121 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. It was their only win of the series, but it sparked a belief in the organization that still resonates to this day.
#9 – Marvin Gaye Live!
Marvin Gaye was one of the most influential and successful musicians of his time. Not only did he produce hit songs and smash records, but he became one of the first artists in Motown to separate himself from the production companies and achieve complete creative control over his music. In the midst of those proceedings in the early 1970s, Gaye was not touring. As a result, he was receiving considerable backlash from both his fans and his record label. In 1974, he gave in and started touring again. The site for his first concert in four years was noneother than Oracle Arena – then known as Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The performance received critical acclaim, resulting in the famous arena becoming the venue for Gaye’s live album, entitled Marvin Gaye Live! It revitalized his career and enhanced his reputation as a live performer.
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