Warriors to decide on White House visit 'when and if necessary'
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 20:18
Sparked by 39 points from Kevin Durant and 34 from Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors won their fifth NBA title Monday, beating Cleveland, 129-120, to capture the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons. Guard Shaun Livingston said he wouldn't visit the White House if the Warriors won the title.
However, controversial policies and statements by President Donald Trump have created uncertainty about the future of White House title celebrations under this administration in some leagues, including in the predominantly African American NBA.
That is because the Warriors boast an intimidating starting lineup featuring four All-Stars in their 20s who are likely to be with the team for years to come.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry hoisted the Larry O'Brien trophy as his team and its fans celebrated the National Basketball Association championship with a victory parade.
The Mercury News went ahead and got a statement from the Warriors organization itself on Tuesday morning: "We have not been invited to the White House".
One Warrior has already publicly stated he won't make the trip if the offer is placed on the table.
Durant said he has "no question" in his mind he will be back with the Warriors.
Curry is not the only member of the Warriors organisation opposed to the views of President Trump. The 32-year-old James just posted 33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists per game on 56.4% shooting during the Finals, and he did it against arguably the greatest team ever assembled.
Superstar Steph Curry made headlines earlier this season when he was asked about Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank saying Trump a "real asset" to the country.
"I remember the first day of camp and I walk into camp, and I didn't know what to expect, I didn't know what these guys were like on the court", Durant told reporters after the game.
Championship visits to the White House became a regular occurrence under former President Ronald Reagan.
The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House dates to the 1800s. Like I said, I want to be here.