It’s a problem LeBron James would love to have.
As the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers followed the tradition and went to the White House Thursday — joking with President Barack Obama and taking on the mannequin challenge with First Lade Michelle Obama — Richard Jefferson said the Cavs could be the last team to do this for a while. That’s how strong the anti-Donald Trump feeling is around the NBA.
Friday, at shootaround before the Cavaliers took on the struggling Wizards, LeBron was asked if he would go to a Trump White House, as reported by Chase Hughes of CSNMidAtlantic.com.
“I don’t know. That’s something that we’ll cross. We’ll have to cross that road if we get to it. We’ll see. I would hope to have to cross that road,” James said.
My guess — and it’s just that — is that the tradition of the team attending the White House will continue, but some players (in every major sport) will beg out. How many depends on a lot of factors. Would a player with a big international brand that sells a lot of shoes — LeBron, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, etc. — be willing to take the backlash that would come with sitting it out?
“It was difficult watching it. Me and my wife didn’t go to bed until 4 o’clock in the morning. It was very difficult seeing what happened not only in our state but in our country.”
“He’s our president. No matter if you agree with it or disagree with it, he’s the guy, and we all have to figure a way to make America as great as it can be. We all have to do our part,” James said.
“Our nation has never been built on one guy, anyways. It’s been built on multiple guys, multiple people in power, multiple people having a dream and making it become a reality by giving back to the community, by giving back to the youth, doing so many great things. We always have a guy that has the most power, and that’s the President of the United States. But it’s never been built on one guy. We all have to figure out a way we can better our country. We all know, we all feel, that this is the best country in the world. We have to all do our part. It’s not about him. It’s not about him at all, especially not for me and what I do.”