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LeBron James: ‘No one wants an invite’ to Trump’s White House

“Winning a championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in it,” LeBron James said. | Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

The NBA finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will take at least two more games to decide, but already superstars from both teams say they won’t accept the typical invitation to the White House that accompanies a championship.

“I know regardless of who wins this series, no one wants an invite anyway. It won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going,” Cavaliers star LeBron James told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday. Steph Curry, the Warriors star shooting guard, said he agreed with his Cavaliers counterpart.

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James’s remarks follow President Donald Trump’s decision Monday night to disinvite the Super Bowl champ Philadelphia Eagles from a White House event on Tuesday in their honor.

Trump initially tied the disinvitation to the practice of NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem — something no Eagles player did last season — but the White House later said it was because the Eagles had turned their invitation into a “political stunt” by dramatically decreasing the size of the delegation the team would send and attempting to reschedule the event to next week, when Trump will be out of the country.

Torrey Smith is pictured. | Getty Images

The Warriors, the defending NBA champions, were similarly disinvited to their own White House ceremony by Trump last year, although it was unlikely that the team would have attended anyway. Curry said the Warriors would likely follow suit again this year should they win the title.

James, who has previously called Trump a “bum,” said Trump’s decision to disinvite the Eagles was “typical of him.” He said it was “laughable” that the White House had not extended an invitation to the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.

“Let’s not let someone uninviting you from their house take away from their championship,” he continued. “Winning a championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with him in it.”

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