The best thing about the Golden State Warriors, who won their second NBA title in three years Monday night, is how they share the ball and the spotlight. For basketball fans, it can be magical to watch.
You have to admire Stephen Curry, who won the league MVP in both 2014-15 and 2015-16. After the gut-wrenching loss to Cleveland in last year’s finals, he selflessly welcomed superstar Kevin Durant. The finals MVP, Durant made the difference in these playoffs, and the team made sure the ball was in his hands when the final buzzer sounded.
Let’s just say that President Donald Trump, whose ego needs constant stroking, would never do anything close to what Curry did.
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Trump has to take home the trophy in every contest. If there were any doubt, it was erased at his first full cabinet meeting earlier Monday. One by one, the top officials offered lavish praise and flattery as Trump beamed. Nearly all these “yes” men even wore purplish ties matching Trump’s in a public loyalty pledge that gave away their integrity, not to mention dignity.
It was cringe-worthy. Commentators rightly compared it to a “Dear Leader” session in a dictatorship like North Korea, not worthy of our great democracy.
Thankfully, that sickening scene was replaced in my mind a few hours later by the beautiful basketball and joyous celebration in Oakland.
There’s already speculation the Warriors won’t go to the White House for the traditional ceremony to celebrate their championship. They do, after all, play for a stronghold of the resistance to Trump. (Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco has already invited them to the Capitol instead.)
Rather than boycott, it’d be better if the team went to see Trump – and then spoke some truth to power, politely.
Along with teamwork and selflessness, that would be the right lesson for America.