Storyline: Warriors White House Visit

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Anthony Slater: Any regret not going to White House? -KD: “No. None at all.” Do you feel like you missed out at all not going to the White House? -David West: “No.”

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The traditional champions’ invitation was never granted from President Donald Trump — and it appeared the Warriors might have declined it, anyway. So they plan to spend their day in the city with local children Tuesday. “We’re doing a great thing anyways,” All-Star Klay Thompson said Monday, after the Warriors beat the New York Knicks in the opener of a road trip. “The White House is a great honor but there’s extenuating circumstances that we felt that we’re not comfortable doing. We’re not going to politicize anything, we’re just going to hang out with some kids, take them to an African-American museum and hopefully teach them things we learned along the way and life lessons, and we’ll still be getting some great memories.”
3 weeks ago via ESPN

Head coach Steve Kerr left it up to the players to determine how they wanted to spend their time, and the players selected a venue in which local kids would join them. It will be closed off to the media, sources said. The players wanted the outing to be a personal, intimate experience. “It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans,” Kerr told ESPN. “I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.” The tour will consist only of players, coaches and students, sources said.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made an appearance on CNN’s The Axe Files, which aired Saturday night, to shed light on the reasoning behind his team’s desire to not visit the White House in February to celebrate their NBA championship — a tradition with decades of history. “We see what President Trump does with his words, with his actions, and it’s difficult to reconcile that and just say we’ll put all that aside,” Kerr said. “He can make fun of handicap people. He can say a lot of nasty things, ugly things, whether it’s about women, whomever. There can be a lot of things that happen that are just really difficult to just say, ‘All right, we’ll put that aside and go visit and shake his hand.’ It doesn’t feel right.”

“He used the words ‘sons of (expletive)’ to talk about NFL players who have made it clear they’re protesting racial inequality and police brutality,” Kerr said. “Those are sons of (expletive)? Really? You’re the President of the United States and you’re going to call them sons of (expletive)? And you’re going to call (Colin) Kaepernick out for non-violent protests, a staple of American democracy? That’s really hard to deal with. “For me, that was probably the hardest one to deal with. The personal slights that we’ve seen from Trump, you sort of get used to it after a while, you get numb to it. But that one really stung, because it was so divisive, and it was so angry, and it just didn’t make sense.”
5 months ago via ESPN

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his team still hopes to use its visit to Washington early next year to do something to impact people, but he said he wasn’t surprised when President Trump tweeted last month that the team would not be welcome at the White House. “We had been debating for a couple months what we would do in terms of visiting the White House, if we would or not, how it would unfold,” Kerr said in an interview with former Obama administration adviser Dan Pfeiffer that aired on Monday’s Pod Save America podcast. “We were sorting through it all, but before we could get to anything, the President beat us to the punch. “I don’t think we would have gone. And I think he knew that. Several of us had been very critical of the president in the past year, and it would have been awkward, for sure.”

Magic Johnson made an exception by offering respect to the NBA All-Stars and to the Golden State Warriors after the NBA champions were denied a White House visit they didn’t appear to want. “I was really proud of them. I was very happy,” Johnson told The Undefeated during the Lakers’ media day on Monday. “I can’t say a lot because now people are saying, ‘Oh, Magic is trying to recruit everybody. … ’ But I am proud of them for standing for something.”

He woke up to 20 text messages telling him that choice had been made for him, thanks to President Trump’s tweet that Curry’s White House invitation had been rescinded. “It’s surreal, to be honest,” Curry said after that practice had concluded at the team’s facility in downtown Oakland. “I don’t know why he feels the need to target certain individuals, rather than others. “I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of beneath a leader of a country to go that route. That’s not what leaders do.”
6 months ago via ESPN

“My stance is the same as it was [Friday],” Curry said Saturday. “And even kind of cemented even further about how things in our country are going, especially with [Trump] representing us in a very damaging way. “I don’t know why he feels the need to target certain individuals rather than others. I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of beneath a leader of a country to go that route. That’s not what leaders do.”

James says: “Just giving ya’ll a little bit more in-depth insight about my tweet from earlier. I think it’s basically at a point where I’m kind of just a little frustrated because this guy that we’ve put in charge has tried to divide us once again, and obviously we all know what happened with Charlottesville and the divide that caused. Now, it’s even hitting home for me more because he’s now using sports as the platform to try to divide us. “We all know how much sports brings us together, how much passion it has, how much we love and care, and the friendships and everything that it creates. For him to try to use this platform to divide us even more, it’s not something I could stand for and it’s not something I could be quiet about.

On a more serious note, Kerr — who has been to the White House seven times — said he had always appreciated the experience and was saddened that the current political climate had led to this situation happening. “In general, the idea of going to the White House as part of a championship team is awesome, an incredible honor,” he said. “You honor the office, the institution. I can speak from personal experience. It doesn’t matter, you set aside personal differences. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with [Ronald] Reagan, George Bush, [Bill] Clinton, George W. Bush, [Barack] Obama. “I didn’t necessarily agree with all of them, but it was an incredible honor to be in their presence. There was a respect for the office and also a respect from not only us, but from the president himself. I think we would, in normal times, very easily be able to set aside political differences, go visit and have a good time. But these are not ordinary times.”

Kyle Wiltjer: In 2012, I was able to visit the White House for being apart of a national championship team. It was a moment I’ll never forget. Not only did I get to go a place with so much history but I got to meet an incredible leader who instilled hope and unity. I’ll never forget when he knew every person on this team on a first name basis, from the starters to the walk ons. It’s a shame that some of these amazing players have to miss out on this opportunity because of the ignorance of the man that is now in charge. Respect to UNC and Golden State for standing up for the values they believe in. 🏀

6 months ago via ESPN

“I’ve talked to a couple of them about it,” Kerr told ESPN. “There are a lot of different dynamics to this and different viewpoints. We’ve got players from all over the world and all over the country, and they’re going to have different perspectives, so I think it’s important for us all to get in a room and hash it out and decide what we want to do. “The league isn’t going to tell us what to do. They know it’s our decision and that, for me, really, it’s the players’ decision.
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