"I didn't invite them", Trump said.
This was a response to LeBron James saying that neither the Warriors or Cavaliers would be going to the White House, no matter what team won.
"We have other teams that are coming", Trump said, noting that the newly minted Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals, would be invited.
"If they want to be here, it's the greatest place on Earth. It won't be Golden State or Cleveland going", James said ahead of Game 3 on Wednesday.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is the most admirable man in the National Basketball Association right now. "We're not going to invite either team", the president said, hours before Friday's game.
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Trump set off a firestorm Monday when he announced there would be no customary White House visit for the Super Bowl champions, alluding to NFL players kneeling for the national anthem and the ensuing controversy last season.
Tim Dagit of Chester Springs, Pa. holds up an Philadelphia Eagles jersey for quarterback Carson Wentz and an American flag during the "Celebration of America" event on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Washington. "And if I find, and my committee finds, that they're unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out".
There has been clear tension between many star athletes and the current administration throughout the Trump presidency.
Hockey's Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball's Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams. "And instead we just have these military sing-a-longs at the White House to show how patriotic we are, even though we don't know the words". 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). A large group of Eagles players had decided not to attend.
Trump's decision didn't come as a surprise after he withdrew his invitation to the Warriors following their 2017 championship, and his stance this year likely didn't matter. We get it at this point.
"I agree with Bron", Curry said.