UPDATED September 22 4:30 p.m. ET
One player who says he will vote "no" when the team decides whether to go to the White House or not is team star (or, at least, one of the team's stars) Stephen Curry. Curry says that he would choose not to go to make a statement, though he concedes that it's still a team decision:
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Back in June, shortly after the Warriors knocked off the Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals to win their second NBA title in three years, a rumor started about how Golden State was going to skip a trip to the White House to celebrate their victory during the 2017-18 NBA season. Many people praised the Warriors for making the decision not to pay Donald Trump a visit, but ultimately, that rumor was derailed. The Warriors released a statement once it started to get some traction and said that they hadn’t even received an invite to the White House yet, let alone decided to turn it down.
It’s been more than three months now since that rumor started, but it sounds like the Warriors are still unsure as to whether or not they will pay the White House a visit at some point in the near future. Golden State head coach Steve Kerr spoke with ESPN late Thursday, and he revealed that the team is still weighing its options. Warriors players are expected to meet in the coming weeks to make a final decision with regards to the potential White House trip, and everyone is expected to have a say in it.
"We will meet as a team to discuss it and make a decision," Kerr told ESPN.
For what’s it worth, sources told ESPN that the White House still hasn’t actually gotten around to extending an invitation to the Warriors. But the NBA has reportedly kept in close touch with the White House on the matter, and the White House is apparently ready to invite the team, if they decide that they want to visit as a group.
There is at least one Warriors player who has already made his mind up with regards to the Warriors’ White House trip. During an interview with ESPN in August, Kevin Durant revealed that he has decided that he doesn’t want to have anything to do with Trump or the White House right now.
"Nah, I won’t do that," he said when he was asked if he would join his Warriors teammates in making a trip to the White House. "I don’t respect who’s in office right now. I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that. That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me."
Kerr acknowledged that he had heard about KD’s comments while speaking with ESPN on Thursday. But he also said that there are a lot of different things the Warriors players and staff need to consider before coming to a final group decision. So his plan is to bring everyone together in one place during training camp and hash things out before deciding whether to visit the White House.
"I’ve talked to a couple [players] about it," he said. "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."
Stay tuned to see what the Warriors decide to do.