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Trump won’t invite NBA champs but maybe Capitals

By Reuters | Jun 08, 2018

President Donald Trump took a parting shot at the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors on Friday as he prepared to leave for the G-7 Summit in Canada.

Trump told reporters that neither of the teams in the NBA Finals, nor stars LeBron James or Stephen Curry, would be receiving an invite to the White House after this year’s champion is decided.

“I didn’t invite LeBron James, and I didn’t invite Steph Curry. We’re not going to invite either team,” Trump said to reporters.

Trump says the Washington Capitals, who clinched the Stanley Cup on Thursday night, are likely to be invited.

“I think we’ll have the Caps. We’ll see. You know, my attitude is if they want to be here, the greatest place on Earth, I’m here. If they don’t want to be here, I don’t want them,” said Trump.

Earlier this week, members of both NBA teams -- and especially James -- ripped Trump over his decision to disinvite the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and made it clear the eventual NBA champion wouldn’t be going to the White House, either.

Speaking with the media on an off day Tuesday, members of the Cavaliers and Warriors sounded off on the situation between the NFL champs and the president, and leading the charge was James.

“It’s typical of him,” James said of Trump. “I’m not surprised. ... I know no matter who wins this series no one wants the invite, anyways. It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going (to the White House).

“It’s not surprising, hearing the news today with the Eagles,” James continued. “But I think more importantly we shouldn’t, as Americans and especially the people in Philadelphia, shouldn’t let that news take away from what that unbelievable team did and accomplished.

“Winning a Super Bowl or winning a Stanley Cup or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or a national championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House,” James added, “especially with him in there, in my opinion.”

Curry agreed with James, alluding to what his team did last season after winning the NBA title.

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