Barack Obama Rumors
Former President Barack Obama is pulling for injured Warriors star Klay Thompson.F “Listen, I can’t wait for the season,” Obama told Steph Curry at the end of their Instagram Live interview promoting the former president’s recently released memoir, “A Promised Land.” “Give Klay my love and respect. I can only imagine what he’s going through.”
Appearing as a guest on LeBron James’ barbershop-themed talk show “The Shop,” which aired Friday on HBO, Obama described the discussion that unfolded hours after the Milwaukee Bucks’ wildcat strike in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, put the league’s bubble in jeopardy. “I think it was close to midnight when Chris, CP, calls with LeBron, Carmelo [Anthony], I think Russ Westbrook was on the phone, and the conversation we had was along the lines LeBron spoke about,” Obama said of a call that sources said also included Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala. “Protest is useful in terms of raising awareness, but given the power that the NBA players had, my suggestion was that we use that platform to see if you can start asking for some specifics. This isn’t something that’s just a one-off. That’s sadly what we’ve seen, as it happens again and again.
“There was a time where we were ready to leave too — the Lakers. Myself included, we were ready to leave,” James said. “And we were trying to figure out if we leave or if we stay, what is our plan, what is our call for action? And I’m lucky enough to have a friend, the 44th President, that allowed me and allowed CP and allowed us to get on the phone with him and get guidance. “When there’s things going on — when it’s chaos — when people don’t know which move to make or how to handle a situation, the best thing you can do is have someone that you can talk to and give you guidance and have that type of leadership. And I’m lucky enough to have a friend that gave us those words of leadership and those words of saying, ‘OK, this can be a plan of action; this can be something you guys can ask for. And if we can get that, then we can continue to push the needle and you guys can also continue the season, as well.'”
Warriors forward Draymond Green was 18 years old the last and only time he voted in a presidential election, during his freshman year at Michigan State in November 2008. Green voted for Barack Obama over John McCain, then checked the box alongside every other Democratic candidate on the ballot. “The reality is, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” Green said in a recent interview with The Chronicle. “I just knew I grew up poor and my family was Democrats.”