At this point, the 2017 NBA champ Golden Warriors have not yet been invited to The White House. Warriors Coach Steve Kerry considers visiting The White House.
Upon winning the NBA championship, many considered it a foregone conclusion that the Warriors would not accept an invitation to The White House. Steve Kerr has long been a major critic of President Trump and so have many players on the team. Since winning the championship, it seems Kerr may have changed his tone.
"I would want to make sure the players gave this really a lot of thought," Kerr told "The TK Show" podcast. "And everybody knows I've been a very outspoken critic of [President Donald] Trump, and as a result, maybe we won't even get the invitation. But I do think it's very important to consider a potential invitation because I think it could have really positive ramifications if we did go."
Several Warriors, including captain Stephen Curry, have said publicly that their preference would be to decline an invitation, although the team has made no formal decision and won't until it receives an invitation.
Kerr said on ESPN's The Lowe Post podcast last week that "there's a respect for the institution, for the office. There's a respect for our government that I think you have to take into account regardless of people's opinions of the person sitting in that chair."
He reiterated that stance Wednesday and said, "I think it could make a statement in a time where there's so much divide and everybody seems to be angry with each other. It might be a good statement for us to go. And to show that, 'Hey, let's put this aside, put all this partisan stuff aside and personal stuff aside, respect the institution.'"
He added: "Maybe even if you know, if one of you players wants to voice your concerns over what's happening, what better opportunity to do so. Now, that may be incredibly idealistic. But I would want to at least bring that up with our players as an option rather than just coming out and saying, 'No way, I'm not going.'"
We had reported that there were many rumors that the Warriors would pass on a visit. Several sources confirmed that there were players that said they would not make the trip. Whether or not they are able to be swayed by Warriors Coach Steve Kerr remains to be seen. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It's a situation we will certainly be following.
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Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Considers Visit to White House