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Warriors, Cavs Stars Say They’re Not Going To White House

(CLEVELAND, Ohio) (AP) – Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.

On the day when the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be there to commemorate winning the Super Bowl – a visit that was canceled by President Donald Trump and had the White House accusing player who weren’t planning on attending of abandoning their fans – Curry and James were among those speaking out at the NBA Finals in support of the Eagles.

”I’m not surprised. It’s typical of him,” James, the Cleveland star, said Tuesday of Trump’s decision to cancel. ”I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won’t be Golden State or Cleveland going.”

On the eve of Game 3 of the Warriors-Cavaliers series, politics dominated the conversation.

Curry raised Trump’s ire last year when he said he wouldn’t go to the White House, prompting the President to disinvite him and the champion Golden State Warriors.

Curry said Tuesday that he spoke with a current Eagles player about the team’s decision-making process and how it went deeper than disagreeing with Trump policies and the ongoing issue of some NFL players choosing not to stand for the pregame playing of ”The
Star-Spangled Banner.”

”It’s an important conversation, but you can’t control what other people try to do, or try to control the narrative or things like that,” Curry said.

2016 NBA Finals - Game SixCurry said the team has been on the same page after his comments last year and Trump’s subsequent revoking of the Warriors’ invitation. ”And every team that’s won a championship since then has gone through that.”

There has been clear tension between many star athletes and the current administration throughout the Trump presidency. Trump has often blasted the NFL players who have kneeled for the national anthem, a protest that started in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers
quarterback Colin Kaepernick did so to raise awareness of racism – more specifically, the killing of black men by police.

Trump said the Eagles’ event was called off because some of their players ”disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our
country.”

No Eagles players kneeled during the anthem last season.”Instead the decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military,” the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins wrote in a statement posted to social media
Tuesday .LynxThe WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx were not invited to the White House to celebrate their most recent title, something James called ”laughable.” Instead, the Lynx will spend Wednesday giving away new sneakers to more than 300 needy kids in Washington. Villanova, the reigning NCAA men’s champion, has not revealed if an invitation was sent.

Many members of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed earlier this year in South Korea did not attend a White House reception.

Hockey’s Pittsburgh Penguins and baseball’s Houston Astros have accepted invitations to the White House for the traditional meeting with the President in recent months, as have several college teams. When the New England Patriots went last year, half the team chose not to attend.

The Warriors, in lieu of going to the White House, spent that day taking a group of children to the National Museum of African American History and Culture a few miles away.

”I think the President has made it pretty clear he’s going to try to divide us, all of us in this country, for political gain,” said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who has often criticized Trump and his policies. ”So it’s just the way it is. I think we all look
forward to the day when we can go back to just having a celebration of athletic achievement and celebrate Americans for their achievement, their good deeds.”

Kerr also lauded the Eagles for being what he called ”fantastic citizens in their own community.”

”It will be nice when we can just get back to normal in three years,” Kerr said.

The overwhelming issue surrounding the Eagles’ planned visit was that most of the team was not going to attend, and that was a major factor in Trump deciding to pull the invitation.

”What else do you expect Trump to do?” Golden State’s Kevin Durant said. ”When somebody says they don’t want to come to the White House, he disinvites them. So the photo op don’t look bad. We get it at this point. But it’s good that guys are sticking to what
they believe in and what they want to do. Like guys said before me, I’m sure whoever wins this series won’t be going.”

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{Video} King James And The Cavs Finish Off The Hawks With 100-99 Win

(SL) –  The inevitable happened Sunday in Atlanta.  Lebron James and the Cavs finished sweeping the Atlanta Hawks and will now prepare for the Eastern Conference Finals.  Kevin Love led all scorers with 27 points and 13 rebounds.  He had 8 of Cleveland’s 16 3s. Post Game presser with Love,  James (21 pts 10 rebounds 9 assists) and Kyrie who had 21 pts and 8 assists.

Cavs Takeover 4th Qtr To Beat Hawks 121-108

(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks gave it all they had in Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.  At the half they led 63-55 and was shooting almost 60 percent from the perimeter. At one point Cleveland was down by 11 to which J.R Smith says the feeling was to, “Keep our composure.

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J.R. Smiths attempts to block Kyle Korver’s shot.

At times like that in the past we’ve had bad body language and allowed teams to gout there and do whatever they wanted to do.  But tonight we played extremely well. The way Channing played was unbelievable.  Everybody played extremely well.”

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Kevin Love and Lebron James plot their next move. 

Channing Frye came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 pts. Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue says, “Channing’s an excellent three-point shooter.  I thought the lineup of Kevin and Channing really gave them problems because it opened up the floor for Kyrie and LeBron to get the basket and if their bigs helped, Kevin and Channing would be wide open for shots. Channing did a great job of taking the shots and we want him to be aggressive taking the shots and he made them tonight.”

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Channing Frye had 27 points for the night.  Here he guards Atlanta’s Al Horford who led the Hawks with 24 points.

Channing would prove to be a problem for the Hawks, scoring 7 of Cleveland’s 3s (21). When it was all said and done Atlanta would lose by 13 (121-108).  A disappointing loss indeed and that frustration surely took its toll, as displayed when Jeff Teague forcefully pushed/fouled Lebron James causing him to fall into some of the crowd.

Post game James talked about that flagrant foul, their uncharacteristic play, hitting the restart button in the 4th quarter and I asked him about the possibility of returning to Miami for the Eastern Conference Finals.

Overall, James says they’re focused on Game 4 and that’s it.  It goes down Sunday at Philips Arena.  Tip-off is at 3:30pm.

Hawks Fight To The End In 110-108 OT Loss Against Cavs

(SL) –  It was a good one and a preview of what we can expect for the playoffs! I think everyone is ready for the 2nd season and The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers gave us a peek at what we can look forward to Friday night at Philips Arena. Where do I start? The Hawks got off to a strong start but by the

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end of the 1st quarter, Atlanta was reminded why the Cavs are the top team in the East. Somewhere between the 1st and 2nd quarter Cleveland managed to get ahead by 21 points, but by halftime the Hawks had cut that lead down to 14 with aggressive play by Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague.  As the 3rd quarter got underway, Paul Millsap continued to lead offensively and as they headed into the 4th the Cavs only led by 7.

Cleveland would lead by 11 in the 4th, but Atlanta fought back and forced their way into overtime. It would end with Al Horford missing a 3 at the buzzer. Paul Millsap scored a season high 29 points  12 rebounds (yes another double double) and Jeff Teague was pure Nacho with 28 points and 9 assists.Al Horford and Kyle Korver both chipped in 14 points. It was devastating loss indeed considering the Cavs pulled out the win only shooting 39.8%

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from the field. Iman Shumpert said their defense came up big when they needed it. Defense along with Lebron James’ 29 points and 16 rebounds and 9 assists was a recipe for victory and landed King James at #11 on the NBA’s scoring list.  Kyrie Irving, despite all the drama involving his ex-girlfriend had a good game too scoring 20 points. Kyrie was only 5-23 from the field but made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 20 seconds of OT.

12938220_10208841677510416_509253060008034628_nThose free throws are why Lebron James says they felt comfortable putting the ball in Irving’s hands at the end. Lebron said, “I’ve never known him to miss a free throw in OT.”   Clutch indeed. Outside of a good game, halftime was pretty entertaining too with the King of The South,

12920299_10208841730111731_5306909916674012798_nTI, performing for a sellout crowd.that included his three sons who were courtside watching their pop do what he does best.  Also in attendance, singer and songwriter, The Dream and rapper Future.Up next, the Hawks will play Phoenix on Tuesday while the Cavs will go head to head with Charlotte on Sunday.

Cavs Iman Shumpert’s Best Assist Ever

(SL) – 911 Call of Cleveland Cavaliers baller Iman Shumpert delivering his daughter with Teyanna Taylor, in the couple’s  bathroom. The operator, who hasn’t been identified, is expected to be nominated for several awards for emergency workers during EMS week in July 2016. Sweetest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Take a listen!

Teyanna has bounced back already. The new mom posted a post baby pic on IG showing off her slim tummy.

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