OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors forward David West called it "disappointing" and "disheartening" that the American people elected billionaire businessman Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.
The 14-year veteran said "You don't know who is who" and shared his opinion on the matter with ESPN.
"It's been in the past that the whole idea around what it means to be a president and the esteem that that office is supposed to bring -- all that is out the window," West said. "Think about the way that NBA franchises protect themselves and NFL franchises protect themselves. They would never hire a coach that has never been in the arena of that particular sport. And we're taking sports, we're talking about athletics.
"Even in high school, in college, an athletic director would never hire a coach to lead a football team that's never had any experience in football whatsoever, and we just put a person in the presidency who has no political experience. It's crazy. It's really crazy. But like I said, he spoke the mind of the people, and you got to respect that at the very least."
West said he voted for the democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. He watched the election coverage with his wife, Lesly, and their two children, a 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. The power forward said his wife was "pretty blown back" by how Trump was unexpectedly taking state by state. Once the outcome was virtually decided, West said he had an awkward talk with his kids about how unfair the world is sometimes.
"You just tell your kids that you basically have to look in a different space in terms of what it takes to be successful because this guy just proved that everything we teach our kids about manners and etiquette, all that's out the window," West said. "It's a very difficult pill to swallow."
Trump wasn't projected to run away with the election. Not many speculated that he would secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. It was an election divided. West said Trump's campaign was filled with countless controversial statements on immigration and race, among other things. He mentioned the tape that surfaced of Trump making vulgar comments about women.
West said Trump ran a divisive campaign that he didn't think would be victorious. He said he accepts the outcome and hopes the country can come together to heal the wounds this heated election brought forth. However, he's having issues wrapping his head around how we got to this point, and so are others.
"It is kind of unnerving and unsettling when you think about some of the things he's said [and] hasn't apologized for," West said. "The man is 70 years old, so he is who he is. It's just a shame that throughout this process that a lot of those folks were hiding and waiting for the cover of the ballot to represent who they are.
"... It's a bit disappointing, I guess. Just the fact that I think the office, I don't know what type of legitimacy is around it as this stage, but the guy who got elected -- it's not just the fact that he got elected but that people voted for him. So I think that's the most disheartening thing."