In lieu of making an appearance at the White House to commemorate their 2016-17 NBA title during their upcoming road trip to Washington, D.C., the Golden State Warriors have reportedly budgeted time to meet with local children. According to ESPN, Warriors players collectively “decided to go on a private tour of an undisclosed locale” and “selected a venue in which local kids would join them and it would be closed off to the media.” Head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN, “It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So, they made their plans. I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.” Back in September, President Donald Trump had tweeted that the Warriors’ White House invitation had been rescinded after point guard Stephen Curry told reporters he didn’t want to attend the ceremony. At the time, the Warriors released a statement that said, “We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise. In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion—the values that we embrace as an organization.” The Warriors head out this week on a three-game road trip that features games against the New York Knicks (Feb. 26), Washington Wizards (Feb. 28) and Atlanta Hawks (March 2).
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