LeBron James: Whoever wins National Basketball Association championship won't want White House invite

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"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow", Trump said in a statement.

"I know whoever wins this series, no one wants an invite [to the White House]", the Cavaliers star said Tuesday. "So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going".

"I hope to be in that situation and win two more games where we win a championship and obviously know what comes with that", said Curry, whose Warriors lead James' Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. The president disinvited the team previous year, after Curry said the Warriors would not visit him in the White House.

The story that has dominated the headlines is the White House cancelling on the Eagles a day before the scheduled visit, accusing them of a "political stunt" by notifying the White House at the last minute that only a small contingent of players would attend. "A similar (G) oogle search will show you how many great things the players on this team are doing and continue to do on a daily basis".

Rather than disappoint the fans, Conway said, Trump made a decision to invite them to "celebrate America". It's also true that the practice of skipping the White House event isn't new; individual players have opted out of the ceremonies, both under Trump and other past presidents, including Barack Obama.

James also supported NFL players who choose to kneel during the pre-game playing of the United States national anthem, an issue Trump has stirred for nine months. That invitation - not unlike the Eagles' - was pulled after a number of players vacillated on attending.

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Kerr used the WNBA champions, the Minnesota Lynx, as another example of athletes showing their patriotism through work in the community.

"No, I'm not going to the White House".

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.

The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away.

Curry responded to James' comments on Tuesday, saying that he agreed with the Cavaliers star: "I think the way we handled things a year ago, (we're hoping to) stay consistent with that". "So it's just the way it is".

When asked for his remarks later, Curry added: "I agree with 'Bron".