NBA champion Warriors undecided on potential White House visit

The 2017 NBA champion Golden State Warriors have not yet decided if they will visit the White House to celebrate their title.

“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the team said in a statement released Tuesday. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

Several media outlets, including CNBC and the New York Daily News, reported Tuesday morning that the Warriors plan to skip the visit per a unanimous team vote.

The Warriors, fresh off their dominant NBA title run that saw Kevin Durant help Golden State dispatch LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, visited the White House after winning the 2015 NBA title. The Cavaliers went to the White House last year after winning in seven games. Both championships were under the Obama administration.

The tradition of sports teams visiting the White House dates back to the 1800s. The championship-winning Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs also visited the White House under Obama.

The statement comes less than 24 hours after Clemson visited the White House to honor a national championship win over Alabama in January, in which President Trump said the Tigers “won a championship game for the ages.” Several New England Patriots players declined to attend the Trump White House ceremony in April, though a significant amount of the team still made the visit.


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