There appears to be a lack of interest from Golden State Warriors players and coaches to visit President Donald Trump at the White House, a tradition for NBA championship teams since the 1980s.
The White House has not offered the Warriors a formal invitation, and there have been no formal conversations by the Warriors about the possibility since they won the 2017 NBA championship on Monday night.
Several sources told The Undefeated, however, that Warriors players and head coach Steve Kerr and his staff would be expected to collectively decline a possible invitation.
Warriors captain Stephen Curry told reporters Wednesday his preference would be to decline, and four teammates have offered similar decisions publicly.
"It's been a conversation that has surrounded the Patriots and the college football team (Clemson) that won whether they collectively do it as an entire group or certain people would sit or what not," Curry said at the Warriors' practice facility. "All I know is I would personally do the right thing for me. The team will have a conversation about what is going on moving forward. There is probably more to come on that, but just right now we just won.
"Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago, the hypothetical, 'If a championship were to happen, what would I do?' I answered, 'I wouldn't go.' I still feel like that today. But obviously as a team we're going to have a conversation. This is a moment we're going to enjoy together. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together, the different kind of ceremonies and the tradition. We are a championship-winning team. We don't want that to taint what we've accomplished. We will handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group."
Finals MVP Kevin Durant declined to say whether or not he would accept an invitation to the White House.
At the moment, Durant said he was more engrossed in enjoying the championship and the upcoming parade Thursday in Oakland, California. Durant is from a Washington, D.C., suburb not too far from the White House called Seat Pleasant, Maryland. As a 14-year-old at school, he heard the plane crash into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
"We just won a championship," Durant said Wednesday. "I can guarantee that wasn't on anybody's mind as we were enjoying it. We haven't even talked [about] it. I haven't even thought about it until I heard it yesterday that it was even talked about. That's a long way away. I'm sure we will have a conversation about it pretty soon. We got the parade. We just won a title. Let us enjoy that and we will figure it out ...
"I have a take, but I'm going to leave it to myself right now. That's not important, my take on that. It's about us supporting this championship. And we are going to move forward with that when we have a chance to."
Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob, talking Tuesday on ESPN's First Take, said, "I can't believe we're getting this question already, but you know, honestly that's something we'll worry about at the time. I mean, that's a long time from now."