On Thursday, the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors visited the White House and met President Barack Obama; here are the highlights
Thursday, the Golden State Warriors visited the White House, as has become custom for any sports champion. It started with President Barack Obama giving a speech that acknowledged the stars of the team.
He spoke about their accomplishments on the court as well as their involvement in helping their local and international communities.
The President opened by saying he was disappointed that Riley Curry would not be joining him at the podium and that he would not be receiving any media advice from the pint-sized star.
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As a long-time fan of the Chicago Bulls, the President acknowledged the success and return of coach Steve Kerr to the Warriors. Coach Kerr was also a member of Michael Jordan‘s 95-96 Bulls who went 72-10 and whose record the Warriors are currently chasing.
He spoke later in his speech how regardless of whether or not the Warriors beat the record, coach Kerr is the winner as he would be part of the achievement either way.
The President also poked fun at interim coach Luke Walton who amassed a 33-4 record in Kerr’s absence. He brought up the fact that Walton would not get any credit for the victories he accumulated while Kerr was away and compared the situation to how a President can “accomplish big things, rack up a great record, and not get enough credit.” He finished by telling Walton that he could not imagine how he felt.
Over the summer, Stephen Curry garnered attention for playing a round of golf with the President along with his father and NBA veteran Ray Allen. Obama brought up the fact that Curry stated it was the intimidation factor from the Secret Service that allowed the President to win. Obama said that it was not the case and that Curry would get another chance on the course.
After the President’s speech, Kerr presented him with a custom jersey with the number 44, as he is the 44th President. He also told Obama that he was aware that he would be a “free-agent” later this year and that if he was interested he could become the new leader of “Dub-Nation” (the name of the Warriors fan base).
The last time the Warriors won a championship and visited the White House was in 1975. Barack Obama was only 10 years old and the President at the time was Gerald Ford. That year, the Warriors swept the Washington Bullets and the MVP of the series was Rick Barry.