New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams has suggested that the noise generated in Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, is not within the rules.
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Williams was in fact complimentary of the Warriors’ fans after the Game 1 loss at the Oracle at the weekend, but he has questioned whether or not the noise inside the arena is in line with league regulations.
“I’m not so sure the decibel level is legal, and I’m serious,” Williams said, the Bay Area News Group reports.
“They’ve done studies on that. For the competition committee, there’s got to be something to that. It does get a little out of hand. Their fans, I’ve talked about it for years, they have some of the best fans in the league.”
The Pelicans coach stopped short of accusing the organisation of any foul play, but it was certainly aimed at raising the issue with the league which in turn could cause controversy and further investigation.
Anthony Davis added that he found it difficult to hear his teammates during the game, and while that is an issue, it surely can’t be enough to warrant questioning whether or not it is a good thing for the game.
The Oracle Arena is certainly one of the loudest in the league, particularly when either Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson find their range and get the home crowd rocking.
In fact, Thompson and Andre Iguodala suggested that the arena can be louder than it was on Saturday afternoon, and so the Pelicans can expect a warm welcome when they return on Monday night.
Golden State went 39-2 at home this regular season and have won 19 consecutive games at the Oracle which was opened in 1966 with concrete walls that supposedly amplify sound.