LeBron James and Stephen Curry Unite Against White House Visits
President Trump nixed the Philadelphia Eagles’ White House victory ceremony at the last minute. He won’t even have to bother inviting this year’s N.B.A. champions. In a display of solidarity between two of the game’s fiercest rivals, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Golden State’s Stephen Curry despite currently facing each other in an unprecedented fourth consecutive N.B.A. finals each took time while speaking to the news media on Tuesday to make it clear that their teams would not participate in any sort of ceremony at the White House.
The visits are a long-held tradition for the league’s champions, with President Kennedy having greeted the Boston Celtics as far back as 1963, and the Cavaliers having visited with President Obama as recently as November 2016.
Visiting the White House had always been an honorable event, that was until Donald Trump came along!
(Complex) This year’s NBA Finals has been notably contentious. The Cavs and Warriors are clearly sick of each other, and the animosity has resulted in a few testy moments in the first two games of the series. There is at least one item, however, on which the teams agree: neither wants an invite to the White House if they win the NBA title.
The Philadelphia Eagles were the talk of the sports world after President Donald Trump uninvited them from the White House Monday. The Eagles didn’t seem too bothered by it, per their response.
The NBA Finals competitors addressed the situation Tuesday as they await Wednesday’s Game 3. LeBron James, who has previously made his disdain for Trump crystal clear, said his team would not want a White House invite, which traditionally goes to the league champ.