Acknowledging the unifying role that sports can play in a politically divided atmosphere, NBA commissioner Adam Silver expressed disappointment at President Trump's decision to not invite the victor of the 2018 NBA Finals to the White House as had been tradition before Trump took office in 2017. "I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them", Trump said.
Curry is referencing last year's controversy when the Warriors declined an invitation the White House. Somebody says they don't want to go to the White House, he disinvites him so the photo op won't look bad.
James told members of the media, "It's typical of (Trump); I'm not surprised". Earlier in the week, Cleveland's LeBron James wouldn't mince words, saying "I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway".
The Warriors clinched back-to-back championships Friday night by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85, completing a four-game sweep in the NBA Finals. "We're not going to invite either team", he said.
Even before Trump, some athletes have chosen to skip the post-championship White House visit over their disagreements with the sitting president. "I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them".
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This seems to be a never-ending battle, and won't be resolved until Trump is out of office. He singled out series MVP Alex Ovechkin as "a true Superstar" and said the city is "popping" after the Capitals won the team's first Stanley Cup championship.
Trump has lashed out at NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem before games.
Kevin Durant agreed with both Curry and James.
"I agree with 'Bron", Curry said at a separate news conference.