Pres. Trump not inviting National Basketball Association champions to White House


Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Warriors guard Stephen Curry said their teams had no interest in a prospective White House visit.

"I didn't invite LeBron James and I didn't invite Stephen Curry. We'll see", Trump told reporters at the White House, naming other championship teams that have previously visited him.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are now battling it out in the NBA Finals, but regardless of the outcome, the franchise's star players say that their teams will not visit the White House after the series is over.

In remarks prior to Game 4 on Friday night, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, "Man, it's Game 4 of the Finals. We're not going to invite either team", he said.

Earlier this week, the White House canceled a ceremony with the defending National Football League champions Philadelphia Eagles.

"It's just incredible. It is incredible", said Kerr, whose team leads the Cleveland Cavaliers 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Deportes: Warriors barrió a Cavaliers y son bicampeones de la NBA
Horario: 22:00 de la Argentina y Uruguay / 21:00 de Chile, Paraguay y Bolivia / 20:00 Perú, Colombia y Ciudad de México. Derechos de autor de la imagen Getty Images Image caption Curry y Durant fueron clave en la derrota de James .

"I didn't invite them".

James added that Trump's decision should not take away from the Eagles' success.

Only a few members of the Eagles planned to attend the Tuesday event so Trump, who has lashed out at NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem before games, disinvited them. He told reporters today that he might pardon Muhammad Ali (whose 1967 draft evasion conviction was already overturned, in 1971, by the U.S. Supreme Court).

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

When asked about the WNBA Minnesota Lynx not even being offered an invitation for a White House visit after they won their title, James said it didn't surprise him. "You shouldn't go in a locker room when our national anthem is playing", he said. A large group of Eagles players had decided not to attend.

Kevin Durant agreed with both Curry and James. "We get it at this point, but it's good that guys are sticking to what they believe in... Like guys said before me, I'm sure whoever wins this series won't be going".