Steve Kerr Says He Plans To Coach Warriors 'For A Long Time'

Lynette Rowe
June 15, 2017

It's somewhat customary for major sports teams, in college and professional ranks, to visit the sitting president at the White House after winning the championship in their sport, as members of the Clemson Tigers college football team did on Monday.

It's not fair to the Warriors that they have been thrust into this dilemma, and I take them at their word when they deflect White House talk and ask to be allowed to deal with it later. Tuesday, Pittsburgh Penguins CEO/President David Morehouse said in a statement that the recently crowned National Hockey League champs would accept a White House invitation and that "any opposition or disagreement with a president's policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways".

The Warriors were crowned National Basketball Association champions on Monday.

That said, based on what Curry said about not wanting to go, it seems unlikely the Warriors will have a strong presence at the White House, if they are invited. The organization released a statement on Tuesday saying that they are only focused on celebrating the National Basketball Association title right now and that they had "will make those decisions when and if necessary". It could be to balance a visit, which would be based on respect for the office, with opposition to President Trump. One of the noticeable absences was that of five-time champion Tom Brady.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Monte Pool of NBC Bay Area last November that he would not accept an invite extended by Trump if the team won a championship. Kerr lamented the outcome of the elections in a press conference where he made reference to Trump's history with using racist and misogynist words. Whatever decision Kerr makes will be backed by careful thought and strong moral conviction.

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There are other signs that suggest the Warriors will make a political statement, as Pool reports. It is probable that Kerr's opinion has not changed.

But while taking questions from reporters on Wednesday, Warriors star Stephen Curry was asked to address Golden State's potential visit.

Curry, who is signed with Under Armour through 2024, made comments critical of President Trump in February, after Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank called Trump an "asset" to the country.

Curry responded to that asset quote, "I agree with that description if you remove the 'et'".

Had the Cleveland Cavaliers won the National Basketball Association title, would they have accepted the invitation? However, the owner of the Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, is known to have donated to Trump's inauguration fund.

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