Vice President Kamala Harris initially thought the Warriors made a mistake.
When Golden State gifted her a jersey commemorating the Oakland native's election as the first woman of color to the nation's second-highest office, it took her a moment to understand the significance of the number on the back.
"After we won the election and I became vice president, the Warriors had a special jersey that had Oakland in the front, but it had 49 on [the back]," Harris told actor Michael B. Jordan in an interview that aired Sunday ahead of TNT's broadcast of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. "I was like, 'I don't think Steph's number is 49.' And then I realized, 'I'm the 49th vice president!' "
Harris was elected as California's junior senator in 2016 before joining President Joe Biden on the Democratic Party's ticket in the 2020 presidential election. She and Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation commemorating the Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers' respective championships last year, but she feels no divided loyalty on the hardwood.
"I'm all about the Warriors," Harris told Jordan when asked about her basketball fandom.
Harris said in a video published on inauguration day the jersey will "proudly" hang "in the office of the vice president of the United States."