OAKLAND — Coach Steve Kerr expects the Golden State Warriors to meet as a group in the coming days to decide whether to visit President Donald Trump’s White House as NBA champions.
General manager Bob Myers said the Warriors have had discussions with the White House, and Golden State owner Joe Lacob also will be involved in the decision.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Myers said. “It’s not as clear as, well I assume some people think it is and some people think it isn’t. So, from our opinion, my opinion, it deserves a proper forum. It deserves the right amount of thought, and so when we make the decision we at least put in the right amount of time to make it.”
Stephen Curry has been outspoken about not attending, saying at media day Friday, “I don’t want to go … my beliefs stay the same.”
NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant has taken the same stand.
“It’s going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said.
Kerr knows his team will have an honest conversation about what is best regarding the White House trip.
“We haven’t had a chance to be together. This summer everybody gets scattered, so it’s just important for everybody to express their views, not only players but coaches and management and ownership, and we haven’t had that opportunity,” Kerr said.
Kerr, who missed 11 games during the playoffs dealing with debilitating symptoms stemming from back surgery in 2015, also said he is encouraged about his improving health ahead of the opening practice of training camp today.
“I feel better,” Kerr said. “I’m not 100 percent but I’m on a good path and I’m confident I will be 100 percent at some point, hopefully sooner than later. ... As Vin Scully once said, we’re all day to day.”