After President Donald Trump publicly rescinded their last invitation to the White House in 2017, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors found another president to meet with during their most recent trip to the nation’s capital.
A photo of Warriors players posing with former President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. quickly went viral late Thursday. According to ESPN, the meeting was arranged by Warriors star Stephen Curry. The Warriors point guard has developed a close relationship with the Obama’s in recent years, even golfing with the former president on a day off in 2018.
It seems the meeting was meant to be private — only one photo has been seen and the players were largely mum on the details following their Thursday win against the Washington Wizards.
Looks like the Warriors paid a visit to President Barack Obama during their visit to Washington DC. pic.twitter.com/D5PSwjc3Gl
— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) January 25, 2019
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters he was happy his players had the chance to meet with the former president. “That’s private,” Kerr said when asked if he was with the group. “Appreciate the question. Doesn’t mean I have to answer it.”
Appears Warriors wanted to keep their meet up with Barack Obama today under wraps, but leaked through a security guard’s Instagram (via @loganmmurdock). Steve Kerr: “That’s private. Appreciate the question. Doesn’t mean I have to answer it.” pic.twitter.com/cfP4dpVbiY
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 25, 2019
But while most of the team is staying quiet, Warriors small forward Kevin Durant shared his thoughts on the meeting after Thursday’s game, according to ESPN:
“It was amazing.”
Durant also used his time in the D.C. area to return to nearby Prince George’s County, where the NBA star grew up, to open the Durant Center. Durant’s foundation has committed $10 million to develop the program that will give local children resources to succeed. The goal of Durant’s program is to help children from low-income families attend and graduate from college.
In addition to meeting former President Obama, some members of the Warriors were also spotted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a number of other California House Democrats, including Reps. Barbara Lee, Mike Thompson, Anna Eshoo, and Eric Swalwell after their game in Washington.
Nancy Pelosi just told Draymond Green she bought his jersey. This is my new beat. pic.twitter.com/6KeH5NQg2W
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 25, 2019
Stephen Curry chatting postgame with Nancy Pelosi. “Continued luck and success making this country better,” he told her. pic.twitter.com/4JBM0R4E0Z
— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) January 25, 2019
Curry reportedly wished Pelosi “continued luck and success making this country better.”