If it were up to Steph Curry to decide if the Golden State Warriors attend the traditional White House ceremony honoring their NBA Finals win, Curry would decline.
In a video posted by San Jose Mercury News’ Anthony Slater on Wednesday afternoon, Curry reflected on his comments from earlier this season about if he would attend the White House ceremony if the Warriors hypothetically won the 2017 Finals.
Curry said although the team needs to have a conversation about attending the White House, he still felt the same way about a White House visit on Wednesday as he did earlier this season.
“I think I answered I wouldn’t go (when asked earlier in the season). I still feel like that today,” Curry said. “But obviously as a team, we're going to have conversations... So we'll handle that accordingly and responsibly and like I said, do the right thing for us individually and us as a group."
Curry’s entire response can be watched below.
While Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the decision will be a team decision on ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe’s podcast “The Lowe Post” on Wednesday, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said Curry’s opinion carries a lot of weight.
“We’re going to do what our leader (Curry) does,” Iguodala said, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. “I think we handle (the White House situation) when it gets there. I mean, it may be different. There might be somebody different in (office). That’s a realistic thing to say though, right? So you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
When asked if he would want to attend the White House, Iguodala responded, “Hell, nah,” according to Amick.
The Warriors released a statement on Tuesday saying the team had not yet decided on whether they would attend the White House celebration and had not yet received an invitation.
In his appearance on “The Lowe Post”, Kerr confirmed the Warriors have not discussed the White House visit as a team.
“We haven’t even gotten that far and all those reports are false,” Kerr said. “It may be that a couple of players have been asked about it—I think Andre and Draymond may have been asked about it or David West.
“We’ve never had any discussion about it, either during the season—that would have obviously been premature, that’d bad karma to talk about that—but after the game, that’s the last thing on my mind. We’re just trying to celebrate and enjoy everything.”
Kerr said with the celebration the Warriors had after their 129-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night and Larry O’Brien Trophy presentation afterward, it wasn’t on anyone’s minds to take an organized vote.
“That’s something we’ll discuss if we get the invitation,” Kerr said. “I think there’s a respect for the institution, for the office. There’s a respect for our government that I think you have to take into account regardless of people’s opinions of the person sitting in that chair.”
The report of the Warriors unanimously voting to skip the White House celebration surfaced on Tuesday morning on Twitter from CNBC analyst Josh Brown, who deleted his tweet late on Tuesday.
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