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Golden State Warriors pay tribute to Kamala Harris in 'great day' for Oakland

January 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after scoring against the San Antonio Spurs with forward Draymond Green (23), forward Kent Bazemore (26) and forward Kevon Looney (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called it a "great day" for Oakland after Kamala Harris, a native of the city, was sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

(CNN)Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called it a "great day" for Oakland after Kamala Harris, a native of the city, was sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

The Warriors, originally based in Oakland before relocating to San Francisco, wore Oakland jerseys in tribute to Harris for their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

The team also presented Harris, the first woman, first Black person and first South Asian to hold the office of US Vice President, with an Oakland jersey that she said she would "proudly display. "

"We're taking great pride in the fact that Kamala Harris is from Oakland and was inaugurated today as Vice President, just a huge day obviously in our nation's history and for the Bay Area as well," Kerr said ahead of the Warriors' game.

Kerr, whose team defeated the Spurs 121-99, regularly spoke out against former President Donald Trump, notably saying in 2017 that the Warriors wouldn't visit the White House partly out of a "human respect issue. "

"President Biden has a big job on his hands," Kerr said told reporters before Tuesday's game.

"The big one really is trying to settle the country down and settle a lot of this anger down and hopefully unify people.

Kerr and Popovich are two of the NBA's most vocal coaches when it comes to social issues, with Kerr acknowledging that his former coach's influence has encouraged him to speak out.

"He gave me and a lot of people the courage to speak when we felt we had something to say that might be helpful or important," said Kerr.

"For the young people, it signals that I can be involved, I can have a voice," Rivers said in a video posted on the team's social media accounts.

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