"I know whoever wins this series, us or Golden State, no one wants an invite.”
Ahead of tomorrow night's Game 3 of the NBA Finals, players and coaches from both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors sat down for interviews with the media today, and it included some discussion about the Philadelphia Eagles being "uninvited" from meeting President Trump at the White House.
Last night, Trump announced that the Super Bowl champions were no longer invited to join him at the White House and that he would instead host "A Celebration of America" to "honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem."
According to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, LeBron James wasn't surprised by Trump's decision. He told reporters, "It's typical of (Trump); I'm not surprised. I know whoever wins this series, us or Golden State, no one wants an invite.” When told of LeBron's comments, Warriors All Star Steph Curry said that he agrees players from either team won't want an invite, but added each team has the right to make their own decision.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also echoed LeBron's statement, saying, "The president has made it pretty clear he's going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain. It's just the way it is. We all look forward to the day we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement,” according to ESPN's Rachel Nichols.
Like the Eagles, the Warriors were also "uninvited" from visiting the White House in celebration of their 2016-17 NBA title, but that was only after Steph Curry publicly stated that the team had no desire to take part in the tradition.
Check out some of the quotes from today's press conferences in the tweets embedded below.