Trump invites National Hockey League champ Capitals to White House but not NBA winners

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on tax policy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington D.C

Acknowledging the unifying role that sports can play in a politically divided atmosphere, NBA commissioner Adam Silver expressed disappointment at President Trump's decision to not invite the victor of the 2018 NBA Finals to the White House as had been tradition before Trump took office in 2017.

LeBron James has no interest in any White House party with US President Donald Trump. "If they don't want to be here, I don't want them", Trump said. "We're not going to invite either team".

"My attitude [is], if they want to be here, the greatest place on earth, I'll be here", Trump added.

Curry said the team has been on the same page after his comments previous year and Trump's subsequent revoking of the Warriors' invitation.

Both the Golden State Warriors (who led the National Basketball Association final three games to none going into Friday night's Game 4) and their opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have said the series victor would go to the White House. "It won't be Cleveland or Golden State going." .

In the meantime, Game 4 of the NBA Finals tips off tonight. "We're not going to invite either team", Trump said.

Trump canceled the Eagles' visit after the team tried to reschedule at the last minute and because only a handful of players and staff were planning to attend. It's good that guys are sticking to what they believe in and what they want to do.

Numerous people responded to Trump, including Eagles players, noting among other things that few players were going to attend, anyway, and that no Eagles player kneeled during the playing of the national anthem last season.

Curry at the time said he wanted his team to forego the White House visit as a protest against Trump and to "inspire" change. "We all look forward to the day we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement".

Meanwhile, away from the White House, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt continued to make headlines for a growing list of scandals. 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).

US President Donald Trump hosts a "patriotism" event at the White House after cancelling the traditional National Football League celebration.

Warriors star Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr had also made it quite clear their dislike for the president. "I mean, I'm not surprised", he said during a press conference, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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