Warriors advocate celebrates latest NBA title at White House ceremony

U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris are presented with jerseys by members of the Golden State Warriors basketball team during a celebration of their 2022 NBA Championship in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2023. (Photo by Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors celebrated another NBA championship at the White House on Tuesday.

At the invitation of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who is from the Bay Area and was a U.S. senator from California, the Warriors were at the White House for the first time since 2016. They were honored for their NBA Finals victory over the Celtics in June 2022.

Curry and Golden State defeated Boston to claim their fourth title in eight years. An invitation to the White House was withdrawn by then-President Donald Trump in 2017 after Curry said he would not attend if asked.

“It’s something we never take for granted. Seven years ago we were here last to celebrate our first championship,” Curry said.

“Now we’re back here celebrating our fourth. To have this opportunity to reflect on this achievement last year, to bring everyone together to celebrate, to also recognize that sport brings people together from all walks of life, backgrounds to providing inspiration, love, togetherness. That’s what our journey was last year. Having the opportunity to celebrate that means a lot to us.”

Curry thanked Biden and his staff for bringing WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner back to the United States from Russian captivity.

“It means a lot to know she’s here and safe at home with her family,” Curry said.

Veterans Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson also joined head coach Steve Kerr in a roundtable with White House staff regarding gun control reform and planned measures to impact the hardest-hit communities. Kerr’s father, Malcolm Kerr, was murdered by terrorists who shot him outside his office at the University of Beirut, where he was campus president, in 1984.

“We learned a lot about what this administration is doing to help create a safer environment in our country, something that is very close to my heart,” Kerr said.

Speaking before Curry on Tuesday, Kerr said his message to the team was obvious.

“It’s a great reminder of how lucky we are to be Americans, to live in a country where we can chase our dreams,” Kerr said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Warriors had a 22-22 record this season, seventh in the Western Conference standings. The team remained in Washington, DC, on Tuesday after defeating the Wizards on Monday night and then heads to Boston to face the Celtics on Thursday night.

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