Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry and LeBron James unite

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: LeBron James
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: LeBron James /

The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James came together over Donald Trump rescinding White House invitation.

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are rivals. Stephen Curry and LeBron James are rivals. But there are just some things that are bigger than basketball.

On the court, Curry and the Warriors and James and the Cavaliers will leave it all out there. For the last three seasons, we’ve watched the two sides battle for the NBA championship. The stakes are incredibly high every time the two teams and superstars get together.

At the end of the day, that’s just basketball. It’s just a game. It’s fun and we all love it and take it seriously, but there are things that just mean more in a real-world setting.

The Golden State Warriors have taken a stance. Individually and collectively, they have decided to stand up to Donald Trump. His values aren’t in line with what the team believes in.

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Steve Kerr has been extremely vocal about Trump. Guys like David West and Kevin Durant have also been outspoken. Curry–a friend of President Barack Obama’s–has given comments and thoughts about Trump and, finally, his statements on Media Day were the straws that broke the camel’s back.

Curry reiterated that he did not want to go to the White House. He stated that declining an invitation would be a way to bring about change. His personal values are not in line with Trump’s hateful rhetoric that defined his campaign and his administration.

Curry’s biggest rival, LeBron James, also feels this way. The Cavs’ superstar endorsed Hillary Clinton during the Presidential Election. Regardless of how you feel about James the basketball player, his work as a social justice activist and leader is second-to-none and should be respected.

Curry’s statement predictably caused Trump to respond on Twitter. He claimed that the Warriors were uninvited from the White House, like a second grader uninviting a classmate to their birthday party because the classmate didn’t want to share a marker with them. As Kerr put it, he was trying to break up with Golden State before the champions did it first.

James, quickly, responded to the tweet with a post of his own. It was strong, powerful, and to the point. It was also far more elegant and eloquent than any set of words Trump has tried to string together.

James is absolutely right. It’s hard to uninvite something that both had no interest in going to your place and was never invited to begin with. That’s not hard logic.

James has been to the White House on several occasions, including twice to celebrate championships. He understands how great of an honor it is to be in that building with the President. So it’s clear that this is a matter of great importance.

Curry and James have managed to unify more than the country’s current leader has. With some comments, they brought together Warriors and Cavaliers fans, something that seemed impossible. They’ve come together over this very important issue.

The Warriors aren’t going to the White House. Had the Cavaliers won, it’s unlikely that they would go either. The NBA just isn’t the type of league to support what’s currently going on.

Curry and James have very powerful voices that can be heard all over the world. When they say something, people listen. They have a platform and the responsibility to use it for change.

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When they step onto the basketball court, they will compete at the highest level, doing whatever it takes to beat each other. When the final buzzer sounds, though, they return to a reality that can only be fixed if they work together. This is a start.

Curry, James, and the rest of the NBA have taken a stance and it seems like this is only the beginning.