Trump not inviting National Basketball Association champions to White House

Heather Diaz
June 12, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will not host either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors at the White House, echoing the controversy over the National Basketball Association champ Warriors' invitation a year ago.

Earlier this week, LeBron James and Stephen Curry told reporters that "no one wants an invite" to the White House.

"My attitude [is], if they want to be here, the greatest place on earth, I'll be here", Trump added.

"I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me - because that's what they're protesting - people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system", Trump said.

"I agree with 'Bron", Curry said to reporters at another news conference.

His comment came in response to Monday's statement from the White House that disinvited the Super Bowl champion Eagles from a ceremonial appearance at the White House because the Eagles were sending a small delegation.

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US President Donald Trump said he would not invite the players of the team who will be champions in National Basketball Association this season to the White House. "I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway". "So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going".

After invoking "fallen heroes who never made it back home", Trump said, "Many of them are looking down right now at our country, and they are proud".

"For them not to be invited playing our attractive game of basketball ... those women are unbelievable at doing it", he said.

Trump earlier praised the Capitals in a post on Twitter, citing Alex Ovechkin, the team's Russian-born star, who past year started what he called a "social movement" called PutinTeam to support Russian President Vladimir Putin. Take into account the fact that Trump disinvited the Golden State Warriors past year and it makes even more sense. It's no secret that either team are fans of Trump. Earlier this week, the White House canceled a ceremony with the defending National Football League champions Philadelphia Eagles.

But as USA Today writer Tom Schad points out, "the tradition [of championship teams and athletes visiting the White House] has become increasingly controversial under Trump".

Stephen Curry, who's LeBron's opposition on the court, is on board with him on the anti-Trump train.

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