Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a campaign event at Resorts World Las Vegas on July 09, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. GETTY IMAGES.

With general elections coming up in November, the US vice president has embarked on a busy journey that included a visit to the national basketball squad's camp, encouraging players to win gold at Paris 2024.

The fact is that Harris, engulfed in the election campaign, had an important rally in Las Vegas and didn’t want to miss the opportunity to greet and motivate Steve Kerr's players during their fourth and final practice session before their series of friendly matches.

"All of you represent the best of the best," Harris said, later closing with a deeply patriotic message. "You are, as you are every day on and off the court, ambassadors of who we are as a country.” She also urged that the American team returning from Paris with the gold medal would be "another example of your excellence, teamwork, compassion, and commitment."

Following the brief vicepresidential visit, Kerr commented that such occasions "are a great reminder that we are playing for our country." Team USA, who has met with Harris on various occasions due to her fondness for the squad, revealed that “she told the guys how much she admired them, how they truly embody excellence, and that we’re going there to try to win a gold medal for our country.”

Stephen Curry #4 of the 2024 USA Basketball Men's National Team walks on the court during a break in a practice session. GETTY IMAGES.
Stephen Curry #4 of the 2024 USA Basketball Men's National Team walks on the court during a break in a practice session. GETTY IMAGES.

Harris finally shook hands with the players, had a brief conversation with forward LeBron James, who has been very active in politics on the Democratic side, and posed for a group photo with the star-studded roster.

The Californian politician, originally from Oakland, has long said she is a basketball fan, more specifically of the Golden State Warriors, the team from her hometown, coached by Kerr and whose star is the renowned sharpshooter, Stephen Curry, also on Team USA.