WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden congratulated the NBA champion Golden State Warriors at the White House on Tuesday, voicing concern about the effects caused by recent storms in California.
“We are monitoring the storm surge, flooding and landslides in California, and our thoughts are with the families in these communities,” the president said.
Biden intends to visit the state on Thursday and has already approved disaster aid.
The Warriors won their fourth title in eight years, but they did not visit the White House while Donald Trump was president. Trump publicly rescinded the invitation to the team after Stephen Curry said he was not interested in visiting the official residence.
“Golden State Warriors are always welcome at the White House,” said Biden, who hailed Curry as “one of the greatest athletes of our time.”
He indicated that the Warriors “reflect the United States of America” in their playing style and performance “with constant movement, with individual freedom and individuality that emerges as a team, a team that plays with joy, for the better.” drives to be.”
The Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in last year’s finals in six games. This victory has come after a difficult phase for the team.
Though they won the championship in 2015, 2017 and 2018, the dynasty dream was shattered due to injuries to key players. The Warriors fell to the bottom of the league.
“The last few years were tough,” Biden recalled. “Critics wondered whether the team was finished as a championship contender.”
Biden, who has also faced skepticism for years, quipped: “Guys, I know what that feels like.”
Vice President Kamala Harris, a California native and Warriors fan, spoke first at Tuesday’s ceremony.
“As a proud daughter of Oakland, it gives me great pleasure to have the Vice President of the United States say, ‘Dub Nation is home,'” she said, using the nickname given to Warriors fans.
Curry and coach Steve Kerr appeared in the White House press briefing room prior to the ceremony.
The star athlete thanked the Biden administration for its work in bringing back basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained in Russia on drug charges. They called him “a huge part of the basketball family”.
Kerr said he participated in a roundtable on measures against gun violence with White House officials and sportswriters Moses Moody and Klay Thompson.
“We learned a lot about what the administration is doing to create a safer environment in our country,” Kerr said.