Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr before an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Steve Kerr – “differences that exist…made it really difficult”

“In general the idea of going to the White House as part of a championship team is awesome. You know, it’s an incredible honor, and you honor the — the office, you honor the institution. I can speak from personal experience, it doesn’t matter, you set — you set aside political differences, right. So — I mean, I’ve had the pleasure to meet with Reagan, George Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama — I didn’t necessarily agree with all of them, but it was an incredible honor to be in their presence. There was a respect for the office, and also respect not only from us, but from the President himself, and that goes both ways. And I think we would in normal times very easily be able to set aside political differences and go visit and have a great time, and — and be awesome. But these are not ordinary times; probably the most divisive times in my life, I guess since Vietnam but I was just a kid and I don’t remember too much about Vietnam.

Because of the differences that exist in the country, the President made it really, really difficult for us to honor that institution. And our differences in terms of our team and our organization’s values, are so dramatically different”

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