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President Trump: Warriors, Cavs Not Invited To White House

10 June 2018

"I know whoever wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway", James told reporters on Tuesday.

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

"Winning a Super Bowl or winning a Stanley Cup or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or a national championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House", James added, "especially with him in there, in my opinion".

Trump pointed out that he's had several championship teams at the White House, including the NFL's New England Patriots and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

"If they don't want to be here, I don't want them".

Silver spoke about the topic during an interview with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith ahead of Game 4 of the Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he would not be inviting the National Basketball Association champions to the White House this year - and that means the Golden State Warriors. "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going", James said. "We're not going to invite either team", the president said, hours before Friday's game. "I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them", he said.

Both the Cavs and Warriors visited the White House while Barack Obama was president following their championships.

"By not going, hopefully that will inspire some change in terms of what we tolerate in this country", Curry said. "Pretty sure the way we handled things past year, kinda staying consistent with that". "When you read about their good deeds in their communities, Malcolm Jenkins addressing lawmakers, really trying to get to the roof of some of the issues we have", Kerr continued.

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".

The Minnesota Lynx, the reigning WNBA champions, did not receive an invitation to the White House and instead spent a day performing community service in Washington this week. Golden State's Kevin Durant said. Trump even said Friday he is considering posthumously pardoning boxer Muhammad Ali - unnecessary, considering the Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971.

President Trump: Warriors, Cavs Not Invited To White House