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David West: Donald Trump speaks for the majority of Americans

David West: Donald Trump speaks for the majority of Americans

OAKLAND – Like many Americans, Warriors forward David West woke up Wednesday morning trying to make sense of it all.

And, like so many others, he could not.

Could not embrace that fact that so many of his fellow United States citizens actually embraced a brazenly bellicose – and stridently divisive – misogynist as their president.

“The message was loud and clear last night,” West said of election results that will make Donald Trump the 45th president. “I don’t think there’s any room to not face the obvious truth: that he speaks for the majority of the people in this nation.

“His attitudes about black people and Muslim people, about women, about just about whatever group you can name, folks agreed with his position. And you can’t deny that because folks voted for him.

“So this whole fairy-tale about some post-racial, post . . . this Utopia that Obama supposedly created, it’s all bull. That’s the bottom line. When you look at what the results say from last night, this nation has not moved a thread with its ideals.”

West, 36, a product of working-class Teaneck, N.J., has been in the NBA for 13 seasons. He has made millions. Yet he clearly was surprised and disappointed with the voice of the electorate.

He wasn’t the only Warriors to feel that way. Veteran forward Andre Iguodala was disappointed but hardly surprised, saying in recent months he sensed much the country moving toward the polarizing Republican nominee.

“This is what we thought was going to happen anyway,” he said.

Iguodala, however, kept his most candid thoughts off the record. West did not.

“The things that he said, the things that he represented . . . that’s the way the majority of this nation feels,” West said of Trump. “He just emboldened them because he was able to say it publicly.

“It is kind of unnerving and unsettling to think about some of the things that he has said and hasn’t apologized for.”
 

Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release

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Willie Cauley-Stein has need for speed after 'Top Gun' trailer release

Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein wants to take the highway to the danger zone on his way to Chase Center next season. 

Golden State's new big man tweeted a clip from the "Top Gun: Maverick" trailer Thursday afternoon, and the 25-year-old definitely has the need ... the need for speed. 

That'd be one way to take Warriors fans' breath away. 

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Cauley-Stein told the Warriors he would be their wingman big man any day earlier this summer, signing a one-year deal worth a little more than the veteran's minimum because he couldn't turn down the chance to play with Steph Curry and Co. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game with the Kings last season, but his ego arguably wrote a check his play couldn't cash after telling reporters last September that he was "ready to get paid."

Still, the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has plenty of potential, and will have plenty of motivation next season on a prove-it deal. If it is a strong enough combination to bring out the best in Cauley-Stein, he could find that loving feeling on the free-agent market next summer. 

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Watch Steph Curry get soaked in dunk tank at 'Eat. Learn. Play.' event

Some NBA players can say they have dunked on Steph Curry, but can they say they dunked the Warriors star?

Curry and his wife Ayesha launched their "Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation" at a kickoff event in Oakland on Thursday, hosting nearly 1,000 kids for a day of activities. One of those activities was a dunk tank, and the two Currys -- one of whom forms one half of the Splash Brothers -- got very wet.  

The foundation aims to bring out the best in children "By fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring access to education and enabling active lifestyles," according to its mission statement.

"[The kids are] having fun today, but obviously the back-end -- we're trying to create programs and do stuff that helps the entire youth in Oakland and the Bay Area," Steph said Thursday. "So, you gotta have energy for that."

Steph spent the first entirety of his first decade in the NBA in Oakland, but he and the Warriors will move to San Francisco's Chase Center next season. Despite the pending move, Ayesha said staying active in community efforts in The Town is necessary for the family.

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"We hope to always be involved in this community," she said. "It's important to us." 

That community is better for their endeavors, and the Currys were wetter for theirs Thursday.