President Trump not inviting NBA champions to White House

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"I didn't invite them", President Trump said.

"I didn't invite LeBron James and I didn't invite Stephen Curry. But we have other teams that are coming", he said during a White House press conference, according to the New York Daily News.

"If they don't want to be here, I don't want them".

Trump's announcement echoes his sentiment from September, when he disinvited the 2017 champion Warriors and called out Stephen Curry in a tweet.

"It's typical of him", James said of Trump. "I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants to go anyway". "We're not going to invite either team", he said.

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. However, he conveniently forgets that never before has a President been rejected this many times in regards to having a celebratory gathering at the White House. The president congratulated the team on Twitter earlier Friday. "If they don't want to be here, I don't want them".

Washington's hockey team won the NHL championship on Thursday night with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights - its first title in the team's 44-year history.

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"Let's not let someone uninviting you from their house take away from their championship", James said later, Sports Illustrated reported.

"When you read about their good deeds in their communities - Malcolm Jenkins addressing lawmakers, really trying to get to the root of some of the issues we have - and instead we just have these military sing-a-longs at the White House to show how patriotic we are". The Eagles visit was scrapped after it emerged that only around 10-12 players were likely to attend.

But as USA Today writer Tom Schad points out, "the tradition [of championship teams and athletes visiting the White House] has become increasingly controversial under Trump".

Kevin Durant agreed with both Curry and James.

"I agree with Bron", Curry said.

"When someone says they don't want to come to the White House, he disinvites them so the photo op doesn't look bad", he said.

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