Warriors: ‘We have not received an invitation to the White House’

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Have the NBA-champion Warriors decided not to visit Donald Trump’s White House? A muddled and difficult-to-follow rumor suggested that was the case.

But Golden State won’t confirm it and is taking a different tone.

Warriors release:

Today is all about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.

This seems a little semantic. NBA champions are routinely invited to the White House. Even if the Warriors haven’t yet been formally invited, they know it’s coming.

They also knew they were heavily favored to win the championship, and Shaun Livingston even publicly said he wouldn’t visit the White House. I’d be surprised if they voted on a White House trip in the hours after clinching the title, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they determined a plan in the weeks or months prior.

Golden State can and should celebrate its championship today. But a decision is coming on the White House, if it hasn’t been made already.