The Golden State Warriors haven’t been mentioned as a team that should change their name often, but Carmelo Anthony is saying they need to consider it.
Should the Golden State Warriors consider a name change? The Warriors’ long-time name has dated back to when the franchise played in Philadelphia.
The Dubs, as they’re also called, moved to San Francisco in 1962 and then morphed to the Golden State Warriors in 1971. They’ve been there ever since despite moving back closer to San Francisco with the opening of the Chase Center.
While it’s still up in the air as far as their name change, we do know many other professional franchises have been getting some major heat for their Native American names. The Redskins have had their merchandise taken off both Nike and Amazon, major blows for any organization.
Could teams like the Chiefs, Indians and many others be up next? In a desire to obtain equality for all peoples, legendary NBA small forward Carmelo Anthony called out Golden State.
But, it wasn’t just the Dubs who do not even have a mascot but more so a logo with the bridge on it. According to Real GM, the Warriors logo used to look more like the Indians one rather than just a symbol of the city. They also noted the team eliminated that logo in 1970.
Anthony also labeled the Redskins, Braves, Indians, Chiefs, and Blackhawks as potential teams that should change their mascots.
The Warriors likely won’t change their name, or, at the very least, there doesn’t seem to be any conversation about it for now. If they come under fire, the team will almost certainly look into other options.
Over the last half a decade, the team has been in the media more than the majority of other NBA franchises. They’ve grown into a global brand and changing their distinguished identity may be easier said than done.