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Friday, February 5, 2016

Mr. 51 Meets Mr. 44

It isn't their first meeting, but sure may have been the most fun.

Golden State Warriors' power three-point man Stephen 'Steph' Curry and the rest of the 2015 NBA Champions were honored by President Obama Thursday in the East Room of the White House.

While the star of the Warriors media room, and Steph Curry's daughter, Riley, wasn't in attendance to witness her dad being honored (and joked on) by the leader of the free world she was certainly in his thoughts.

"Now, let me begin by saying I was hoping that Riley Curry would be here today to share the podium with me, but I guess I'm going to have to get media training some other day."

The president referenced Curry's 51 points scored in the 134-121 win over the Washington Wizards Wednesday, 33 of them via his signature three-point arsenal.

"For those of you who watched the game against the Wizards last night", said the president, "he was, to use slang, he was clowning."

Then the president 'demonstrated' the Curry Clowning move himself.

The Warriors brought home the championship, 40 years in the making, after defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6, 105-97.

Warriors in the community.

The Warriors were also recognized by the president for their work in the community.

Among the many activities the team has been a part of the president's My Brother’s Keeper initiative, by promoting mentoring in the Bay Area and nationwide. The team also supports the city’s Oakland Promise effort to help more kids make it through college; have taken a stand against gun violence and have worked with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.

Said the president, "They’ve dressed up as Santa to deliver Christmas presents to those in need.  And the first time I met Steph was because he had partnered with the U.N. Foundation to donate three anti-malarial mosquito nets for every three-pointer he makes.  So last night, that’s 33 nets.  So keep shooting, Steph.  Not that he needs any encouragement, obviously."

'Phones up' as attendees use smartphones to photograph the president and the Golden State Warriors.

For honoring them, the team presented the president with a honorary #44 jersey (protocol when championship sports teams are honored by the president). The president autographed an official NBA game ball for the Warriors.  The team also offered #44 a spot on the team's roster, post presidency.

Said Warriors' head coach, Steve Kerr, "You can consider this a symbol of an offer that’s coming. We want you as soon as your duties are done here in the White House; we’d like you to be the leader of Dub Nation."

"I'm ready to go", responded the president.

After the East Room celebration 

The team 'honored' the media afterwards by taking questions in the stakeout area of the White House.

What we learned

Steph Curry is pulling for the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 (he's from North Carolina).  "I'm excited to watch them play, and hope they get it done."

On Chasing 73, the phenomenom comparing the Championship Warriors and the 1995 Champions Chicago Bulls (that head coach Steve Kerr was a part of) Coach Kerr said, "We're chasing  46.  That's our next goal." (The team is currently 45-4).

Steph and Riley will have a lot to talk about when Steph gets back home.   "We'll talk about normal stuff.  I haven't seen her in a week, so we'll have a lot to talk about", he said.

Uh, yeah, we're sure you will, Steph Curry.  You just met the president at his home.

A few pics at the stakeout with the Warriors.

Scenes from the stakeout area at the White House with the Warriors.  Photos/CD Brown.

Coach Steve Kerr takes questions from the media. 

Warriors' forward Draymond Green speaks to the media.

Teens shows off autographed Warriors championship cap.

Photos by CD Brown

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