NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that his reaction to President Donald Trump's announcement that the NBA champion will not be invited to the White House "is a sorrow."
Talk to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith before Game 4 of the NBA finals, Silver said, "It's a bit of a waste that this is where we are."
"The championship team, not just in our sport but in other sports, will not celebrate that way, something that has historically been apolitical in Washington, but I have to express it in a broader context where we find our country," says Silver. "I would say, but in the end, it's sad that we have historically been able to use NBA and everyone sports to bring people together."
- ] No matter who wins the NBA championship, President Donald Trump will not invite the warriors or cavalry to the White House.
Trump told reporters on Friday morning before attending the G7 summit in Canada, "We will not invite any team", referring to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, for a visit to the White House.
Silver said that "politics has always been a part of play rnas lives, "referring when NBA legend Bill Russell stood on Lincoln Memorial's step when Dr. Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
Trump pointed out that he has had several championships in the White House. He said he expected the newly-crowned NHL champion Washington Capitals to participate, but added, "If they do not want to be here, I do not want them." Earlier this week, the White House broke a ceremony with the defending NFL Master Philadelphia Eagles.
Trumps message announced his sentiment from September when he disinvited 2017 champion Warriors and shouted Stephen Curry in a tweet. It seemed to be a highlight, as LeBron James said on Tuesday that neither his cavalry nor the warrior would accept a visit.
"I do not know who wins this series, nobody wants an invitation anyway. It will not be Cleveland or Golden State going," said James.
Silver mentioned James, Houston Rocket Watch Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder Star Carmelo Anthony as players advocating social problems through their leadership positions in the National Basketball Players Association.
"These are multidimensional people," says Silver. " They should talk about issues that are important to them. That does not mean that everyone must agree on these issues, but it's America. This is a platform for freedom of expression. "