While most of the hype is on the court, venture capitalist and part-Golden State Warriors owner Chamath Palihapitiya received some media attention on Wednesday ahead of Game 5 against the Houston Rockets.
Palihapitiya, born in Sri Lanka and raised in Canada, was asked to be the keyknote speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Heritage Theater in Campbell about his journey and successes just hours before the big game in Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Palihapitiya could have talked at length about electrical engineering, his early days at AOL and Facebook, or being an early founder of the pro-immigration reform group, FWD.us.
Instead, he chose to speak about hoops.
“It’s an incredible run,” he said of the Warriors' playoff push. “I think it’s a testament to a fantastic organization: A great ownership group and fantastic players.”
He did acknowledge that the “last game was a little scary,” saying “thank God Steph is OK” in reference to the head contusion Stephen Curry suffered Monday in Game 4.
But Curry’s doctors cleared him to play Game 5 on Wednesday night and Palihapitiya, like most Warriors fans, was feeling confident.
“But I kinda feel like we are going to close it out," he said, adding this taunt: "Bring on LeBron."