Trump says he will not invite National Basketball Association champs to White House

Rex Christensen
June 9, 2018

When asked by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith about Trump's statement before Friday's game, National Basketball Association commissioner David Silver said his "first reaction is one of sadness".

According to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had this to say about Trump: "The president has made it pretty clear he's going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain".

"I think we'll have the Caps, we'll see", Trump said outside the White House before departing for the G7 meeting in Quebec, two days after Caps standout winger Devante Smith-Pelly told Canada's National Post that he'd bail on any invite.

President Trump rescinded the invitation in a tweet: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them".

Curry is referencing last year's controversy when the Warriors declined an invitation the White House. "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going", James said on Tuesday. "I know whoever wins this series, us or Golden State, no one wants an invite". "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going", James said.

Later that day, Warriors point guard Steph Curry said he agreed with James.

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Curry was referring to the Warriors' decision not to visit the White House after winning the 2017 championship.

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"I think as long as he is in office, the communication and things like that are going to continue to happen", James said.

Kerr was also asked about the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, were apparently not invited to the White House to recognize their title. "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.

"My attitude, if they want to be here, it's the greatest place on earth".

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