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.
"We're not going to invite either team", he told reporters Friday morning.
"We shouldn't let that news take away from what that unbelievable team did and accomplished, what all those players did to sacrifice throughout each and every Sunday, going out and playing the style of football that they played and winning a Super Bowl the way they won it", he said.
Trump pointed out that he's had several championship teams at the White House, including the NFL's New England Patriots and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.
"When somebody says they don't want to come to the White House, he disinvites them".
Donald Trump said Friday morning that the eventual National Basketball Association champions, whether they be the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers, will not be invited to the White House, since prominent members have both teams have said they don't want to go.
"It's typical of him", James said of Trump.
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With next week marking the 20th anniversary of Michael Jordan's shot over Utah Jazz guard Byron Russell to clinch the 1998 NBA Finals, Warriors coach and former Bull Steve Kerr knows exactly where he was.
"I think as long as he's in office, then the communication and things like that are going to continue to happen", the athlete said of Trump.
Trump issued his invitation to the National Hockey League champions and NBA snub following a divisive controversy that resulted on Tuesday in the National Football League's Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles not making the trip to see the president, a long-standing tradition of USA collegiate and professional championship teams. However, he conveniently forgets that never before has a President been rejected this many times in regards to having a celebratory gathering at the White House. Both men said their teams would not visit the White House if invited. But it's good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do.
President Donald Trump has angered traditional American allies by slapping them with tariffs and pulling the United States out of global agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.
The WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx also didn't receive an invitation from Trump and instead made a decision to a spend day of service in Washington, D.C., this week.
Instead of an Eagles ceremony, Trump held an alternate event, which the White House called "a celebration of the American flag with Eagles fans and performances by United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus".
"I agree with LeBron", he said, viaThe Hollywood Reporter. Golden State's Kevin Durant said.