On Thursday, the 2015 NBA Champions Golden State Warriors visited the White House to commemorate their victory in the last season. President Obama welcomed the team and had a good time with the coaching staff. The president not only praised the Warriors' achievement on the court, but he also applauded the team's contribution to the society.
The president, a devoted Chicago Bulls fan, described the 2015 Warriors as one of the greatest teams in NBA history. In his speech, he acknowledged the presence of Steve Kerr who was a member of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.
The president went on to say that the Golden State Warriors is a great organization that has great culture. "And these are outstanding young men...they're the kind of people you want representing a city, representing the NBA, and the kind of people that you want our kids to be rooting for."
Obama also applauded the individual performances of the players. He praised Klay Thompson's historic 37 points in a third quarter against the Sacramento Kings. In comparison to Stephen Curry's jump shot, the president said Klay's form is a "little prettier."
Furthermore, the president commended the performance of Golden State's newest All-Star Draymond Green. He said Green shows that height does not matter in basketball if you have a "heart" to play the game. The 6′ 7″ forward is considered undersized for his position in the NBA. However, he plays with passion and joy to compete with other players from opposing teams.
In Stephen Curry's recent performance against the Washington Wizards, where he put up 51 points and hit 11 three-pointers, the president described his play as "clowning," which the coaching staff complimented him on using the slang. Steve Kerr thanked the president and congratulated him "for becoming the first president in our nation's history to use the term "clowning."
Before offering his congratulations, the president had a good time with Coach Kerr. He said that even if the team would not break the record of 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, Kerr wins either way because he already got the record.
The 1995-96 Chicago posted a magnificent win-loss record in an NBA season with 72 wins and 10 losses.
When Curry was asked if Obama believes the Warriors can beat the 1995-96 Bulls' 72-win record, he said the president mentioned it in his speech so the team assume so. But it would not change their goals for this NBA season. About what those goals are, the player did not explain.