It appears as if 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is pledging his Northern California to the Warriors and not the Kings in this head-to-head NBA playoff bout.
Sorry, Sacramento-area fans. Even if you’re a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, you might not be overly excited about which team head coach Kyle Shanahan is pulling for in the NBA playoffs.
OK, so all of this stems from the playoff series between the two Northern California squads who just happen to share an identical NFL fanbase. Understandably, Niners fans may actually find themselves divided when it comes to the NBA playoffs, and the Kings going up two games to none to start the series against the defending NBA champions had to give fans of the purple a bit of an edge while the red-and-gold fandom stayed idle.
That was until Game 4 at Chase Center, though, after the Dubs managed to win Game 3.
And Shanahan just so happened to be in attendance.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan cheers Warriors, not Kings in NBA playoffs
Sitting courtside (duh), Shanahan received a notable ovation when he was announced to the crowd in attendance for Game 4.
Of course, Shanahan was sitting next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob, so he might not have had too much of a choice when it came to rooting interests.
However, when Kings forward Harrison Barnes missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won the game for Sacramento, Shanahan didn’t exactly hold back his excitement, and you can check out the 49ers head coach’s reaction right here.
Yeah, Shanahan is rooting for Golden State. Sorry, Kings fans.
49ers glaringly neutral in NBA playoffs between Warriors and Kings
Alright, so the Niners may actually want to stay out of the NBA fight between the Warriors and Kings’ fanbases.
Early on, it appeared that would be the case entering the series, as the 49ers’ Twitter account appeared strictly neutral:
While not quite as bad, it’s close to being as bad as that one game when actor Rob Lowe showed up in an NFL hat.
Pick a side, Niners. That’s what NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco wants you to do:
If the Niners want to use the #BayAreaUnite hashtag, then they should probably endorse Golden State just like their head coach.
Or just go with the obligatory “best of luck” wishes and then wait for both fanbases to come together once again to root for San Francisco this September.