Coach Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors have successfully reclaimed the NBA championship title after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a five-game series. As a part of the tradition, the Warriors are expected to visit the White House and meet the president.
Recalling in 2015, then-President Barack Obama, a known basketball fan, invited the Warriors to the White House after winning their first championship since 1975. However, the Warriors seem uninterested in visiting President Donald Trump after regaining the title. After Game 5 of the NBA Finals 2017, reports circulated that the Warriors have unanimously decided to reject the White House invitation.
Coach Steve Kerr urges the Warriors to visit the White House
However, as of now, the White House has not sent an official invitation to the Warriors. If ever the Warriors receive the invitation, coach Steve Kerr wants his team to consider going to the White House 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.”
Several Warriors’ players, including Stephen Curry, expressed their opposition in visiting the White House. However, Kerr believes people should respect the government no matter who is sitting as the president.
Coach Steve Kerr explains why the Warriors should visit White House
Like his players, coach Steve Kerr is also not a fan of Trump’s words and actions. However, Kerr thinks that visiting the White House will be a “symbolic gesture” that could help connect people in a divided nation.
“We all have to start thinking about ways we can connect with one another and stop this divide, and maybe sports is a good sort of forum to try to help that,” Kerr told “The TK Show,” per ESPN. “This is not about partisan policy, it’s not about Democrat or Republican, it’s about communication, it’s about respect, it’s about character and morality. And those are things that we have to really value as a country.”
Kerr revealed that the Warriors already received an invitation from California’s congressional representatives from the East Bay. He said that he would also love to get an invitation from the White House.