Steve Kerr: 2018 was hardest year for Warriors

Heather Diaz
June 10, 2018

The Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Warriors' Stephen Curry both separately stated that should their team win the championship, they will not visit the White House.

"I think we'll have the Caps", Trump said.

LeBron James and Steph Curry may be fierce opponents on the basketball court.

The tradition of championship teams visiting the White House has reached an abrupt stop as players and personnel voice their concerns about Donald Trump.

Trump, fresh off canceling the National Football League champion Philadelphia Eagles' White House appearance when it became clear he wasn't going to draw much of a crowd, says this year's NBA Finals victor won't have the chance to turn down his invitation to Washington D.C. Because they won't be getting one.

"I'm not surprised. It's typical of him, " James, the Cleveland star, said of Trump's decision to cancel.

"I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite, anyway", James said. "So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going".

Merkel warns over trade issues ahead of 'tough' G7 talks
The first question came from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which is now Germany's main opposition. Merkel said she will try to discuss problems such as Iran and tariffs with President Donald Trump.

The Warriors lead the best-of-seven championship series with a 3-0 game lead and could close out the series at their next match-up on Friday in Cleveland.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, an outspoken Trump critic, said Trump had "made it pretty clear he's going to try to divide us ... for political gain". The president congratulated the team on Twitter earlier Friday. Trump has used his presidential power seven times in less than 18 months to pardon or commute sentences for federal crimes.

"U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!" Pretty sure the way we handled things previous year, we'd stay consistent with that.

Meanwhile, the most recent sports champions to be crowned are the Washington Capitals, who wrapped up the Stanley Cup championship this week.

Trump pointed out that he has had several championship teams at the White House. "You shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is playing", he said.

The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away. His teammate, Kevin Durant, also spoke about the Eagles' move before as well.

"When someone says they don't want to come to the White House, he disinvites them so the photo op doesn't look bad", he said.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER