"I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway", James said.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are now battling it out in the NBA Finals, but regardless of the outcome, the franchise's star players say that their teams will not visit the White House after the series is over.
LeBron James and Steph Curry may be fierce opponents on the basketball court. "We're not going to invite either team", Pres. Trump told reporters on Friday. "When somebody says they don't want to come to the White House, he disinvites them so the photo op don't look bad". "If they don't want to be here, I don't want them".
'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'. We'll see." However, at least one Capitals player has said he'll be skipping: "Devante Smith-Pelly said he'll skip the visit because of his disagreements with Trump, according to The Hill.
Trump said he would consider pardon applications submitted by players who have participated in protests during the anthem.
In any case, LaVar has his own reasons for declining a hypothetical invitation to the White House, beyond any larger social issues that are at play in Golden State's case.
Trump's announcement echoes his sentiment from September, when he disinvited the 2017 champion Warriors and called out Stephen Curry in a tweet. He told reporters today that he might pardon Muhammad Ali (whose 1967 draft evasion conviction was already overturned, in 1971, by the U.S. Supreme Court).
Earlier this week, both James and Curry said they were not expecting an invitation this year. "It's a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don't feel that he's for".
"I think it's laughable at this point", he said.
Even President Donald Trump's own economic team thinks the president's new trade policies are likely to hurt the United States economy.
"I agree with 'bron", Curry said. "Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!"