Set aside the fact that the two leading faces for the 2016-17 NBA Finals champion Warriors — head coach Steve Kerr and star point guard Stephen Curry — have been vocal opponents of President Donald Trump, prompting speculation that the team won’t visit the White House if extended an invite: One member of Golden State said the team might not have to worry about Trump being in office for much longer anyway.
“I think we handle (the White House situation) when it gets there," Warriors forward Andre Iguodala told USA Today Sports. "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.”
Former FBI director Robert Mueller III is the special counsel appointed to investigate whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election process. A Washington Post report Wednesday said that Mueller will interview high-ranking security officials to investigate whether Trump obstructed justice in the wake of the president firing James Comey, the former FBI director who succeeded Mueller.
Iguodala also said the team will follow the lead of Curry, who stated earlier this year that he would not visit the White House if the Warriors were able to advance to and win the NBA Finals. But he said after the team won its second title in three years that the team would have to have a "conversation" at the appropriate time to discuss the matter.
"Somebody asked me about (going to the White House) a couple of months ago, like a hypothetical, if the championship were to happen would I do it and I think I answered ‘I wouldn’t go’. I still feel like that today," Curry told reporters Wednesday. "But, obviously as a team, we’re going to have a conversation. This is a moment we all need to enjoy together and nothing should distract what we were able to accomplish together. The different kind of ceremonies and traditions that have happened around championship winning teams, we don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year. So we’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group."
Kerr, who several times since last November’s election has taken a strong stance against the Trump administration, told Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard last month that he thinks Trump is a "blowhard."
Both the Cavaliers and Warriors visited the White House after their respective championships in the last two years when Barack Obama was still in office.