With President Donald Trump tweeting last September that a White House invitation for the Golden State Warriors was “withdrawn,” the reigning NBA champs have decided to go on a private tour of an undisclosed locale on Feb. 27 in their lone visit to the nation’s capital, league sources told ESPN.
Head coach Steve Kerr left it up to the players to determine how they wanted to spend their time, and the players selected a venue in which local kids would join them. It will be closed off to the media, sources said.
The Warriors considered several options for the upcoming trip to Washington D.C., including a visit to Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, sources said.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, two members of the Democratic Party, extended invites to the Warriors to celebrate winning their second championship in three years at the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi represents a congressional district that includes San Francisco.
But a consensus emerged around the option agreed upon because the players didn’t want to be seen as politicizing an event.
“At the end of the day, it’s about us celebrating a championship, so there’s no point in getting into the political stuff and all that,” forward Draymond Green told ESPN. “It’s about something we did great. Why make it about [politics]?”
The Washington Wizards will host the defending champs on Feb. 28.
DeShone Kizer was an absolute disaster as a rookie and the Browns will almost definitely move forward. As owners of the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the draft, Cleveland will likely find its passer of the future in April, but 2017 was plenty of evidence that starting a rookie right away isn’t the best idea.
John Elway made it clear that getting better at the quarterback position is the top priority after Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler didn’t cut it in 2018. The Broncos will probably swing for the fences and also have the No. 5 pick to work with.
Martineau said Weber’s recovery time will be established after surgery, but the team expects him to be ready for training camp next season.
Weber has missed the past 26 games. He has six goals and 10 assists this season, his lowest output since he played 28 games as a rookie for the Nashville Predators in 2005-06. Weber is in his second season with Montreal after being traded for P.K. Subban.