By Denise Williams
The Florida/Georgia Star
As the Golden State Warriors celebrate their second NBA Championship in three years, the team decided to make a bold statement regarding the expected invitation to visit the White House. Although at the time of this writing there was no official invitation from the White House, news outlets have released the Golden State Warriors, NBA 2017 Champions, have collectively decided to decline the invitation.
The Golden State Warriors went head to head with the Cleveland Cavaliers in what many are hailing as one of the greatest playoff matches in NBA history. The franchise dominated game five of the playoffs which sealed their win for their place in history for the 2017 NBA season. Their win of 129 over the Cavaliers 120 left many LeBron fans in shock. The Warriors are the first team to have a 16-1 record in the postseason giving them a second NBA Championship title in three years. Kevin Durant, who was named MVP in the finals, delivered an impressive 30 or more points per game. Durant’s bold career move led him to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise with high hopes of achieving a much-coveted championship with the Warriors. On Monday, June 12, 2017, in Oakland, California, his dream was no longer deferred. The entire roster of the Warriors is actually eligible for free agency, yet most fans are expecting the franchise to bring them all back for the 2018 season.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was the overall favorite throughout the Finals and faced some harsh criticism from fans who believe he was not ‘playing hard enough’ to take the Cavaliers to victory. He stated during a post-game press conference that “Not one time did I feel like we were overmatched until probably like I looked up, there was like 1:20 (left in the fourth quarter), and we were down 13, I believe, or something at that point,” He went on to say,”And I was like, ‘OK, we left everything on the floor, and it still wasn’t enough.”
Always the professional, LeBron later said in the same interview, “They (Golden State Warriors) assembled a great team,” He then recalled, “We were able to get them last year, and they went out and got one of the best players that this league has ever seen, so they did a good job of – a great job, their front office and their players, by doing that recruiting, the things that they did in the summertime, and obviously it paid dividends.”
As the 2017 NBA season closes, the Golden State Warriors have cemented their place in NBA history. LeBron congratulated Kevin Durant with an on camera embrace after the game and remarked in an earlier interview of how KD has grown as a player.
A victory parade is planned to take place for the Warriors in Oakland, CA on Thursday morning at 10 A.M.