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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, June 09, 2018 1:00 am

Trump: Caps, yes; Warriors, Cavs, no

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Whichever team wins the NBA championship, President Donald Trump says he won't be inviting them to the White House.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have both said their teams have no interest in a visit.

Trump told reporters Friday: “I didn't invite LeBron James, and I didn't invite Steph Curry. We're not going to invite either team.”

Trump canceled a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to commemorate their Super Bowl win after most of the players decided they'd skip it.

But Trump said he'd be happy to host the Washington Capitals, who just won the Stanley Cup.

He said: “If they want to be here, it's the greatest place on Earth. I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them.”

Trump congratulated the Capitals on his Twitter feed after the team won the NHL title with a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. He singled out series MVP Alex Ovechkin as “a true Superstar” and said the city is “popping” after the Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time.

Trump pointed out that he's had several championship teams at the White House, including the NFL's New England Patriots and the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I think we'll have the Caps. I mean, we'll see,” Trump said.

Trump tweeted after the Capitals' victory: “Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular – a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!”