The team took a tour of the White House before meeting with the president, per the NBA on Twitter:
The 2015 NBA Champion @warriors begin their tour at The @WhiteHouse! https://t.co/yzqlRX2YDw2/4/2016, 4:37:15 PM
And Stephen Curry and Co. brought the president a little gift:
Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30
1 of 1 #Potus https://t.co/iVl8hNe47U2/4/2016, 4:42:55 PM
Warriors radio play-by-play broadcaster Tim Roye shared an image of Obama accepting his new jersey:
Tim Roye @warriorsvox
The newest member of the Warriors https://t.co/vN7euiyelo2/4/2016, 7:16:07 PM
The president didn't take long to crack jokes, comparing his own tenure in office to that of Luke Walton, the Warriors' interim coach who wasn't credited with any of the team's wins while head coach Steve Kerr was sidelined, per CNN Politics:
CNN Politics @CNNPolitics
While congratulating the @warriors at the @WhiteHouse, @POTUS draws parallels with himself and the team https://t.co/gKhkKjDt0U2/4/2016, 7:20:32 PM
He also jokingly expressed his disappointment that Curry's daughter Riley wasn't present.
And, of course, he couldn't resist praising his beloved Chicago Bulls, referencing the 1995–96 Bulls team that went 72-10, per the NBA:
NBA TV @NBATV
"It is rare to be in the presence of a guy from the greatest team in @NBA history..." @POTUS https://t.co/CvtOXveafU2/4/2016, 7:25:11 PM
The 45-4 Warriors are currently on pace to win 75 games, though President Obama clearly wasn't ready to crown them the NBA's best team in history just yet.
He did shower them with praise, however, specifically referencing the team's small-ball lineup, which he called "a nuclear lineup." He went on to say, "It's almost unfair. ... It's beautiful to watch," per Zillgitt.
And he praised individual players too.
"Draymond Green shows us heart over height on every night," President Obama said, per Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
He had a bit of fun at the expense of the team's superstars, Curry and Klay Thompson, however.
He noted that Curry was "clowning" a bit while dropping 51 points against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night before imitating him:
President Obama imitates Steph's "clownin" https://t.co/6bYOBnxTVZ2/4/2016, 7:46:05 PM
As for Thompson, he noted, "One player forgot there was even a team in Oakland. That was Klay Thompson, by the way," per Simmons.
Thompson admitted in September that he was a Los Angeles Lakers fan growing up and joked that he had forgotten there was a team in Oakland, since the Warriors weren't very good while he was younger, per Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group (h/t FoxSports.com).
The Warriors certainly look like a team that will be going to the White House next season, albeit to visit a new president. Of course, winning another title—let alone reaching the Finals again—is hardly a given, considering the San Antonio Spurs (41-8) have been fantastic this season and the Cleveland Cavaliers (35-13) have played well since Tyronn Lue took over as head coach.
But the Warriors have the game's best player in Curry, as well as some amazing chemistry. They are on a historical pace and play a style of basketball that no team has found a counter for up to this point. That makes them the prohibitive favorite to win another title and offer a jersey to the country's next president.