Now that the Golden State Warriors have the Larry O’Brien Trophy back in their possession, virtually everyone in the organisation is being asked whether a visit to the White House will be part of the team’s championship itinerary.
Though the team has publicly said it has yet to receive an invitation to meet President Trump and would make a decision only if invited, two-time MVP Steph Curry sounds like he would vote against the meet-and-greet.
“Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, a hypothetical, if a championship were to happen: ‘What would I do?'”Curry told reporters Wednesday. “I think I answered that I wouldn’t go. I still feel like that today.”
But Curry added that this will be a team decision, and the players and coaches have yet to discuss it.
“Obviously as a team we’re going to have a conversation,” Curry said. “This is a moment that we all need to enjoy together, and nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies and traditions that have happened around a championship-winning team. We don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year, so we’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly and like I said do the right thing for us individually and as a group.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been one of the NBA’s more vocal critics of Trump, while veteran forward Andre Iguodala told reporters on Tuesday that he would also vote against meeting the new president.
Finals MVP Kevin Durant is celebrating his first title, and unlike some of his star teammates has never had the chance to visit the White House after winning an NBA championship. Durant also believes this is a decision that needs to be made as a team but added he has an opinion the subject.
“We just won the championship, and I guarantee that wasn’t on anyone’s mind,” Durant told reporters Wednesday. “We haven’t even talked about it. I hadn’t thought about it until I heard yesterday. That’s a long ways away. I have a take, but I’m going to leave that to myself right now.”