The president praised the team’s performance on the court and praised their activism. He recalled the team’s decision to sit out Game 5 of the first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Biden stated that the team took a stand for justice in the wake of the shooting.
” You got people involved,” said the president. It really matters. Your coach was the one I called. You engaged people in voting and the political process. You encouraged your fans to get vaccinated. You are a hero and I want to express my gratitude.
” One thing is constant through it all: the values of the game, the sport, and teamwork. Respect. And the belief that we can strengthen our bonds and stand for something greater than ourselves,” Biden stated.
In 2017 & 2018,, the Golden State Warriors declined a visit to the White House with Steph Curry stating that his team disagreed with Trump’s positions on several hot-button issues.
The 2019 champion Toronto Raptors were also unable to attend due to political differences with Trump. Last year, the Los Angeles Lakers did not visit the White House because of COVID-19.