Warriors owners release powerful statement on improving race relations

Warriors owners release powerful statement on improving race relations

The Warriors were one of the first teams to issue a statement decrying racism and violence against the black community in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody last week.

On Thursday, Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber issued another statement, this time calling for everyone to pull together to improve race relations in America.

"As chairmen of the Golden State Warriors organization and as citizens of our country and members of our community, we are resolute in our belief that our collective attitude and aptitude around race relations must be for real change now. The inequity and intolerance that permeates this society must stop! We are at a tipping point in our national race relations and we all must take the leadership responsibility for creating real and sustainable change. We all must align our feet, tongue, heart and wallet as the only way to accomplish this imperative. This is not a political issue, though it will require critical political action. It is a leadership issue and towards that end, we will be working with our players, coaches and the entire organization to make this pledge real. We will be accountable."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and star point guard Steph Curry have been among the loudest voices calling for change, with Curry asking people outside the black community to speak out and get uncomfortable in order to enact change.

This call for action comes after Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died in police custody after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Video of Floyd's death showed Floyd telling Chauvin and three other officers he couldn't breathe and asking Chauvin to let up. It was later announced Floyd died in transit to a nearby medical center.

After nationwide protests, Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He now also faces a charge of second-degree murder, and the other three officers were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting the second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

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Protests have continued across the country -- and around the world -- even after Chauvin's arrest, as citizens decry police brutality and the institutional racism that has plagued the United States since its inception.

This is a strong statement from Lacob and Guber, and it's important for teams and high-profile athletes to speak up and use their money and platform to drive change in this country.

Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors' Rick Welts shares funny story of being mistaken for Joe Lacob

Warriors team president Rick Welts went to Croatia for vacation in the summer of 2018.

Wearing a Warriors hat in a restaurant resulted in a waiter saying, "Curry, yeah!" Welts recently explained to Daniel Brown of The Athletic.

Soon thereafter, other employees began to believe they were in the presence of Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

“He just started screaming to his co-workers there, ‘Joe Lacob! Joe Lacob! Joe Jacob!' " Welts told Brown. “I was waving, ‘No, no, no!’ but I gave up.

"So, I impersonated Joe Lacob — and got really good service from this really tiny restaurant in Croatia.”

Now that is a savvy play from a seasoned veteran.

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Welts has helped turn the Warriors into a global brand, which is why the franchise elected not to change its name to the San Francisco Warriors when they relocated from Oakland to Chase Center.

"What's happened in the interim is the Warriors, with the success we've had on the floor, have now become the team that everyone knows around the world," Welts told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye in April 2017. "More Steph Curry jerseys are sold around the world than any other player in the NBA. More Warriors merchandise than any other team in the NBA.

"So now, I think we've done a 100 percent reversal, saying, 'You know, we have a lot of equity in this Golden State name and it really means something around the world.' "

And that includes Croatia.

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Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

The Clippers are one of the favorites to win the championship when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes later this month.

Their quest begins July 30 when they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of eight "seeding games" on the schedule before the playoffs begin.

How is Clippers guard Patrick Beverley approaching the "bubble" in Orlando? Is he focused on any specific opponent?

"I'm treating everybody the same. Every team I play, I'm playing it like we are playing Golden State when they had Kevin Durant," he recently told Dragonfly Jonez of Whistle. "Every point guard I play, I'm playing Steph Curry."

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So Beverley -- a two-time All-Defensive selection -- is adopting the mindset that every team the Clippers face arguably is the greatest of all time, and that his one-on-one matchup is against the player many consider the second best point guard ever.

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It's smart to think this way because the circumstances when it comes to actually playing games will be unprecedented. Taking the court in small gyms without any fans is going to be downright strange, and some motivation will need to be manufactured.

While plenty of Warriors fans view Beverley as an antagonist who they love to root against, they should remember the respect he bestowed upon Steph, KD and the Dubs with this comment.

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