OAKLAND — Steve Kerr opened up his pregame press conference on Saturday night by addressing the Oakland Fire. At least nine people were killed and 25 others were unaccounted for after a blaze broke out around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night in a two-story warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood, where an electronic music party was taking place.
“I want to start out today and offer our condolences to the victims of the Oakland fire,” Kerr said. “Just a devastating tragedy right here in the East Bay. It’s hard to comprehend, but as an organization we just want to send our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families, friends, people who were injured.”
“I don’t know if it means a whole lot, but — I should say, I know I can’t cure the pain, but we’re thinking of you. The whole organization. The team. Everybody here at Oracle tonight,” Kerr said. “When we have a moment of silence, we’re all with you out there. We’re all devastated today.”
“So, we’ll move on to basketball matters. Stuff that doesn’t matter.”
The Warriors will hold a moment of silence before their game against the Phoenix Suns. The team also announced that it will donate $50,000 to the Unity Council in the Fruitvale district to support those affected by the fire.
“When a tragedy of this magnitude hits this close to home, we feel it’s imperative to do our small part to help our community and those impacted,” said Rick Welts, Warriors President & COO in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”