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Steve Kerr: Warriors’ visit with Obama a ‘private’ matter

Steve Kerr indicated Thursday night that the Golden State Warriors’ visit with Barack Obama earlier in the day in Washington, D.C., was a “private” matter and declined to answer any questions about the team spending time with the former President.

The Warriors, in town for a game with the Wizards, of course did not pay the customary a visit to the White House to celebrate last season’s NBA title — Donald Trump declined to invite the team — as was the case after their championship run in 2017.

A photograph taken by a member of the Warriors’ security staff documenting the visit was posted on social media, although it was later deleted.

Kerr not surprisingly was asked about the team’s encounter with Obama, but he was not interested in divulging any information about the visit, via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

“That’s private,” Kerr told reporters. “Appreciate the question. Doesn’t mean I have to answer it.”

Kerr — along with many Warriors players, including Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — have been outspoken critics of the Trump administration, so the notion that the team would prefer to be in the company of Obama as opposed to the current President is hardly a surprise.

That said, the Warriors evidently would have preferred that their meeting with Obama had stayed behind closed doors, perhaps to avoid becoming fodder for criticism amid an already-polarized political environment.

The Warriors’ interactions with D.C.’s political elite did not end with Obama, though, as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was spotted outside the team’s locker room following a 126-118 victory at Capital One Arena, where she met up with Draymond Green.

Pelosi later posed for a photograph with Curry as well.

It will be interesting to see what fallout, if any, comes from the team fraternizing with both Obama and Pelosi.