Steph Curry thanks President Biden for bringing Brittney Griner home during Warriors’ White House visit

The Golden State Warriors have gained 4 NBA championships since 2015. Normally, that might imply 4 journeys to the White House, however the Warriors have not been again to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since their first title for, let’s assume, a distinction of opinion between the group and administration during Golden State’s second and third titles in 2017 and 2018.

But the Warriors returned Tuesday, months after profitable one other ring behind the core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and with the assistance of younger stars Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins. And Curry took a couple of moments to replicate on the previous seven years in addition to thank President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their position within the launch of WNBA star Brittney Griner.

“It means so much to know that she’s right here,” Curry stated, “and all of the work that went on behind the scenes to make {that a} actuality. So I simply wish to say thanks there.”

Curry and the Warriors have been among the many many gamers and NBA groups who outwardly supported the discharge of Griner all through the period of her 10-month imprisonment in Russia. Curry referred to as for Griner’s launch during the Warriors’ championship ring ceremony on Oct. 18 — which was additionally Griner’s thirty second birthday — and later opened his 2022 SI Sportsperson of the Year Award speech by welcoming Griner again to the United States.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerry additionally spoke Tuesday concerning the visit and talked about he and members of the group participated in a roundtable dialogue about gun violence and gun security with members of the White House employees.

“We realized so much about what this administration is doing to assist create a safer setting in our nation,” Kerry stated, “and it is one thing that is very near my coronary heart and it is great for me to study much more than I knew.”

Kerr has been a staunch advocate of gun management legal guidelines within the wake of a number of mass shootings within the United States over the previous a number of years. He gave an impassioned speech in entrance of reporters earlier than Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, days after 14 kids have been killed in a taking pictures at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, after which once more earlier than Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

While the Warriors returned to the White House, it is likely to be tougher to return to the NBA Finals in 2023. Golden State sits seventh within the Western Conference and 8-8 since Curry injured his shoulder in December. The Warriors have additionally endured a few in-house points, notably when it got here to an offseason altercation between Green and Poole.

But for now, the Warriors will have fun their fourth ring in eight seasons because the group makes a push for a fifth.

Steph Curry returned to the White House with the Warriors seven years after profitable their first title. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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