LeBron, Steph say NBA Finals champs won't visit White House

By Alex Butler  |  June 5, 2018 at 5:14 PM
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June 5 (UPI) -- Stephen Curry agreed with LeBron James' thoughts on a potential White House visit for the NBA Finals champion: Neither team will go.

The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter and Cleveland Cavaliers superstar were asked about their potential post-season plans Tuesday.

On Monday, President Donald Trump made a statement saying the Philadelphia Eagles' trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory was canceled. The cancelation came after the majority of the Eagles' players decided that they would not attend the event.

The White House issued another statement on Tuesday, saying that the "vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans."

James said he found out about the Eagles' ceremony as he was walking to the podium Tuesday to speak with reporters.

"I didn't really digest it enough," James said. "But it's typical of him. I'm not surprised. It's typical of him. I don't know. I mean, I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going."

James also said he thought winning a Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, World Series, NBA championship or National Championship was "way bigger than getting invited to the White House."

The Warriors hold a 2-0 lead in the series, meaning they are two wins away from winning back-to-back NBA titles. Golden State was in a similar situation as the Eagles last season, when Curry and several other players said they would not go to the White House after beating the Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals.

Trump later tweeted that the Warriors' invitation was withdrawn.

"I hope to be in that situation and win two more games where we win a championship and obviously know what comes with that," Curry said. "But I think I agree with LeBron. Pretty sure the way we handled things last year, kind of stay consistent with that. But at the end of the day, like I said, every team has an opportunity to make a decision for themselves and speak for themselves. I think that's powerful, being in this situation."

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