Trump says NBA champs won't get invite, but Capitals might

Virginia Santiago
June 9, 2018

More recently, the White House canceled an anticipated visit by the Philadelphia Eagles after the National Football League champions tried to reschedule and said they would "send only a tiny handful of representatives".

"We're not going to invite either team", he told reporters Friday morning.

"I'm not surprised", James said of Trump's behavior. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant - whose opinions matter more here with Golden State up 3-0 in the NBA Finals - concurred.

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LeBron James said neither the Cavaliers nor Warriors would visit President Donald Trump's White House if they won the championship. "I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants to go anyway". "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going." .

Game Three is Wednesday night in Cleveland. It seems if Trump thinks a team is going to outshow him by not showing up, he just decides to uninvite them, as to not embarrass himself.

Trump issued his invitation to the National Hockey League champions and NBA snub following a divisive controversy that resulted on Tuesday in the National Football League's Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles not making the trip to see the president, a long-standing tradition of US collegiate and professional championship teams.

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Curry agreed with James, alluding to what his team did last season after winning the National Basketball Association title.

"I'm pretty sure the way we handled things past year, (we will) kinda stay consistent with that", Curry said Tuesday when asked whether the Warriors would skip the visit should they win this time. Trump quickly scheduled the event with military bands after cancelling a visit with the Philadelphia Eagles as he stoked fresh controversy over players who protest racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem. He singled out series MVP Alex Ovechkin as "a true Superstar" and said the city is "popping" after the Capitals won the team's first Stanley Cup championship. "Winning [a championship] is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in there". "Let's not let someone uninviting you to their house take away from that moment..." The move prompted a tweet from James, who wrote "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!"

Professional and college sports teams have come to the White House over the years to celebrate their championship victories.

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"I think it's laughable at this point", he said.

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