With Marshawn on Raiders, will Draymond end boycott? 'I thought about it..."

With Marshawn on Raiders, will Draymond end boycott? 'I thought about it..."

Editor's Note: The above video is from March 28, 2017.

When the Raiders were granted approval to move to Las Vegas, Warriors forward Draymond Green was among those who was unhappy with the decision to leave Oakland.

At the time, he told the media he wouldn't attend anymore Raiders games.

On Monday in Utah, prior to Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Jazz, Green was asked about Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders, a team he is boycotting.

"I have mixed feelings about it. But at the same time, they are still the Oakland Raiders and the team that he grew up watching his entire life. So it's like a dream come true for him. Obviously it being the last couple of years, if you can do it, he took advantage of that situation and made it happen. So I'm happy for him, just being able to live out that dream of playing in his hometown for the Raiders trying to bring a Super Bowl to The Town. I think that's great for him and that's great for the city of Oakland," Green said.

Then a reporter asked Green if he would end his boycott to watch his friend Lynch play.

"I thought about it, but yeah, it's still in effect," Green said. "I thought it about it though, but nah."

The Raiders acquired Lynch from the Seahawks on Wednesday, April 26. Lynch attended Oakland Tech High School and played at Cal. Lynch retired from the NFL following the 2015 season and did not play in 2016.

 

Adam Silver's view: If invited, Warriors should go to the White House

Adam Silver's view: If invited, Warriors should go to the White House

The Golden State Warriors are the reigning NBA champions.

As a result, one would assume they will be invited to the White House for a celebration with Donald Trump.

Just before last month's NBA Draft, Blazers guard C.J. McCollum sat down with Adam Silver and asked the Commissioner about a potential Warriors visit to our nation's capital.

"I definitely don't think it should be a league decision," Silver said in a video posted to The Players' Tribune. "I don't think we should be directing teams or players to go to the White House.

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"It's my view that if invited, our teams should go to the White House. Regardless of people's personal political views, I think that these instiutions are bigger than any individual politician; any individual elected official.

"And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship -- something that's been a great tradition -- would become one that is partisan."

From a Monte Poole article on June 13:

"Steve Kerr made up his mind seven months ago, within hours, if not minutes, of Donald Trump being elected president. And some of his Warriors players were not far behind. Kerr told NBCSportsBayArea.com last November that if the Warriors were to win the NBA Finals, he would not accept an invitation to visit the White House.

"Those were Kerr’s feelings then, but he felt it would be presumptuous to express them publicly during the middle of a season. Now that the Warriors have the championship, taking out the Cavaliers in five games, don’t expect that to change."

But perhaps Kerr has changed his mind?

In a podcast with Tim Kawakami in late June, Kerr was singing a different tune:

"The biggest thing for me is it’s about the players. This is a visit that’s about the team. We have not met about it because we haven’t been invited.

"But I would want to make sure the players gave this really a lot of thought. Everybody knows I’ve been a very outspoken critic of Trump’s and as a result maybe we won’t get the invitation.

"I do think it is very important to consider a potential invitation because I think it could have really positive ramifications if we did go. And it’s a different way to look at it. I, like many of our players, am very offended by some of Trump’s words and actions.

"On the other hand, I do think there’s something to respecting the office, respecting our institutions, our government. And I think it can make a statement in a time where there is so much divide and everybody seems to be angry with each other."

Silver agrees with Kerr's view.

"I will say -- even though I think teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player's decision not to go."

After winning the title in 2015, the Warriors accepted Barack Obama's invitation and visited the White House on Feb. 4, 2016.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

 

Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey

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Conor McGregor works out in throwback Warriors J-Rich jersey

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are set to square off in the ring on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for one of the biggest fights of all time.

To get ready for one of the most hyped up sporting events in years, McGregor needed a little motivation from the 'We Believe' Warriors to come out victorious in an upset.

In a YouTube video showing the highlights of McGregor during his world tour promoting the fight with Mayweather, McGregor rocked a throwback Jason Richardson Warriors jersey. You can see McGregor in the jersey at the 45-seconds mark.

Richardson averaged 18.3 points and 5.4 rebounds over six seasons with the Warriors. 

McGregor (21-3 in the UFC) is looking to give Mayweather (49-0) the first loss of his career.