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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday that although the NBA champions have not received an invitation to visit the White House, he would urge his players to consider going as a gesture of goodwill. “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.”
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.'”
There’s no invitation yet for a visit with President Trump, but the Warriors have a standing offer from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee to come to the U.S. Capitol to celebrate their NBA championship. There’s been much speculation about whether the team would accept an invitation from the White House. In the meantime, Pelosi and Lee said Tuesday that the Warriors and their families would be welcome on Capitol Hill, describing the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue as “the heart of our democracy.” “In celebration of your victory, we would be delighted to welcome you publicly as a team or personally as families to the United States Capitol,” Pelosi and Lee wrote to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and the team. “Please consider this as a blanket invitation whenever your individual schedules allow.”
L.A. Clippers star Austin Rivers was straight and to the point when we asked if he’d go to the White House to visit President Trump if he won the NBA championship. “NOPE.” It’s a question everyone’s been asking the Golden State Warriors after coach Steve Kerr reportedly said the team wouldn’t attend a celebration at 1600 Pennsylvania earlier in the season.
Rodman, who landed in Pyongyang Tuesday, was photographed presenting North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk with a copy of Trump’s book, “Trump: The Art of the Deal.” The NBA Hall of Famer is perhaps the only person in the world who has personal relationships with both the US President — he participated on Trump’s pre-presidency reality TV show, “The Celebrity Apprentice” — and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
But Steph Curry told reporters Wednesday that while the team will still decide as a group on what they plan to do, he hasn’t changed his stance from what he would like that decision to be. “Somebody asked me about (going to the White House) a couple of months ago, like a hypothetical, if the championship were to happen would I do it and I think I answered ‘I wouldn’t go’. I still feel like that today,” he said. “But, obviously as a team, we’re going to have a conversation.