Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Donald Trump says National Basketball Association champs won't be invited to the White House

Trump Not Inviting NBA Champions to White House Trump: No White House invite for NBA champs, 'we'll see' about Caps
Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2018, 11:02

Championship players have in recent years snubbed both Trump and President Barack Obama by declining White House invitations. "We're not going to invite either team", he said, referring to two players of each team, Warriors Stephen Curry and Cavalier LeBron James. When told of LeBron's comments, Curry said that he agreed players from either team won't want an invite. "We'll see", Trump told reporters.

"It's typical of him, I'm not surprised... It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going".

Trump, however, said he would welcome a visit by the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals, which won the Stanley Cup on Thursday night.

"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" named PutinTeam to support Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Last year Trump uninvited the Golden State Warriors after Curry said he wasn't going anyway.

Curry concurred with James, saying "I agree with 'Bron".

What did Trump say in response?

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The Warriors experienced a similar situation after winning the championship last season. "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!"

The Warriors, who lead Cleveland 2-0 in the best-of-seven series entering game three Wednesday, would likely follow the lead of what they did past year when they went to Washington and spent the day with children instead of what would have been a White House trip.

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

"Simply google: "'How many Philadelphia Eagles knelt during the national anthem last season?' and you find the answer is zero", Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement on Twitter".

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is on the same page.

"By not going, hopefully that will inspire some change in terms of what we tolerate in this country", Curry said.

Kerr was asked about the community service WNBA Champion team The Lynx are taking part of in Washington D.C. in the midst of Trump's ongoing feud with athletes.