Players take White House tour, but did it backfire?
WASHINGTON — The Warriors canceled shootaround Tuesday. Coach Don Nelson had a treat for his players: a White House tour.
"My wife (Joy) supported (President Barack) Obama and worked for him," Nelson said. "She set it up."
Nelson suggested the trip might have worked against the Warriors, who were listless in a 112-94 loss to the Washington Wizards. Players said the tour was no excuse.
They toured the various famous rooms in the White House but didn't get to see the Oval Office because the president was in there working. Nelson said he saw Obama reading in the distance, but no one got to meet him.
Rookie guard Stephen Curry did run into an old friend, of sorts, talking to Reggie Love, a Charlotte, N.C., native who played basketball at Duke. Love is personal aide to Obama, or White House "Chief of Stuff" as the president has said. Love's job was depicted by the character of Charlie Young, played by Dulé Hill, in the TV series "The West Wing."
"He went to my rival high school," Curry said. "He was telling me he remembered me when I was in the seventh grade trying to play ball."
"I came out because of a bad shot," Curry said with a smile. "I got over there and felt it in my shoulder and wanted to get it checked out. Decided to look forward to tomorrow."
Curry said he injured the shoulder on the first play of the game as he jammed it trying to fight through a screen. He scored 27 points on 10-for-21 shooting but sat most of the fourth quarter with ice strapped to his shoulder.
Curry said it was "nothing too serious" and he is expecting to play tonight at Minnesota.
"I've been gone from home for a while," Williams said. "I heard them screaming and yelling my name. I tried not to look in the stands to see who it was or look for certain people, but it's hard when you know you're home and you hear the people yelling for you."
— MARCUS THOMPSON I