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The Boston Celtics in 1963. the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980. The tradition of winning sports teams visiting the White House dates back to at least 1865–but this year’s champs may not make the trip.
The Golden State Warriors are the best team in the NBA–defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a five game series last night. Traditionally, winners head to Washington to greet the President, but the Warriors have made it pretty clear that they’re not exactly looking forward to it. Reports say that the team has unanimously declined a White House visit.
NBA champion Warriors skipping the White House visit, as a unanimous team decision per reports.
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Back in May, team coach Steve Kerr was vocal about his feelings toward 45, calling him a “blowhard” who “couldn’t be more ill-suited to be President.” Warriors star Stephen Curry made it known that he wasn’t a fan when Under Armour’s CEO Kevin Blank called the commander in chief an asset. Curry told The San Jose Mercury News, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et.’ ”
While #Dubnation may skip a visit, other NBA players feel differently. “That visit is more than how you feel about the current administration,” said retired player Kobe Bryant. “It’s about the guys next to you, about the flag, about the kids out there who look up to you and the United States. But, honestly, it’s a tough call.”
No official team announcement has been made.