May 7, 2024 - Sports

Golden State's WNBA team hires general manager

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Ohemaa Nyanin sits next to Warriors CEO Joe Lacob as she is named general manager of Golden State's WNBA team. Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

The Bay Area's WNBA team isn't sharing its name yet but the franchise did announce one bit of news Monday: Ohemaa Nyanin as general manager.

Why it matters: Nyanin, the former assistant general manager of the New York Liberty, will be responsible for building the team's roster and hiring a head coach.

  • When the season tips off next year, Golden State's WNBA team will mark the first league expansion since 2008, and it's coming at a time when there's been increased interest in women's basketball.

What they're saying: As people continue to watch the team and its latest developments, Nyanin said she wants folks to "have all the high expectations."

Catch up quick: Golden State Warriors majority owner and chief executive officer Joe Lacob announced the Bay's new WNBA team in October.

  • In January, the franchise hired Jess Smith, former head of revenue for the National Women's Soccer League's Angel City FC, to lead the team as its president.
  • The team will practice in Warriors facilities in Oakland and play games at the Chase Center in San Francisco beginning in May 2025.
  • Last week, the franchise announced season-ticket seat deposits reached 7,000.

What's next: Nyanin starts in her new role on May 13. As for the team's name? Smith previously said it'll come soon, but it sounds like the franchise has landed on one.

  • "I almost said the team name to you guys just now," Lacob said in his opening remarks Monday.

What do our readers think the team should be called? Email us at [email protected] and we'll holler back with our favorite ideas!

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