President Obama is a long-time friend of Steph Curry and the Warriors. The two were seen playing golf on several occasions. Also, in February 2016, the Warriors were honored at the White House. While the Bulls are still his favorite team; the Warriors are now his favorite to win the title post-2016-17 season. After their upset of the 2015-16 season, he believes they have what it takes to win the title. Last year, Cleveland Cavaliers made history by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win the finals. President Obama said (about the Warriors), “he envisions them making a return trip to the NBA Finals and this time emerging victorious.”, according to ESPN.
Obama made his championships pick during a Friday interview on “Sway in the Morning” on Eminem’s SiriusXM channel Shade 45. The championship pick was made following the Warrior’s move acquiring Kevin Durant, the league’s top scorer, and 2013-14 season MPV.
Stephen Curry was a guest at the white house where he shot a video with the president.
President Obama supported many NBA championship teams over the years, including the Bulls in 2012. He was joined by Derrick Rose (2012 MVP), on stage at a fundraiser. Obama told Rose, that if the Bulls make it to the finals, then the president will “be there pulling” for the team to win. Unfortunately, the Bulls did not win that year. Perhaps Obama didn’t cheer loud enough?
His support never waned: at one he even “discussed” part ownership in a basketball franchise.
More recently, (in 2016), he showed support to the Cleveland Cavaliers, as they won their first championship since 1964. After the match he posted on Lebron James‘ Twitter, saying: “What a series for the Cavs” and that he was “Happy to see” James bring a championship victory “home for Cleveland.” The president reportedly stayed on an airplane for roughly twenty minutes extra after landing sees the final moments of the game.