President Trump withdraws White House offer to Warriors
NBA.com Global on Sep 23, 2017 09:59 PM
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry poses for photos during NBA basketball team media day Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
NBA.com staff reports
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Friday that the team still hadn't decided what to do as a group if invited to the White House.
That decision was made for them.
Hesitation by two-time MVP Stephen Curry caused President Donald Trump to withdraw invitation to the White House.
Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up. Curry told reporters on Friday: "I don't want to go ... my beliefs stay the same."
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
The Warriors, from Steve Kerr to Kevin Durant, had already been pretty clear that they weren’t going to go to WH if invited anyway.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 23, 2017
Kerr said Friday the team hadn’t decided what to do as a group if it were invited.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 23, 2017
Previously, Kerr said they’d consider it “out of respect for the office” & that it might be constructive even if they disagreed w/POTUS.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 23, 2017
It's not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team. There had not been previous indication of a White House invitation for the Warriors, but it had been looking increasingly unlikely that the team would visit with Trump in Washington, D.C.