Matt Eppers, USA TODAY
Published 9:39 p.m. ET June 22, 2019 | Updated 9:42 p.m. ET June 22, 2019
SportsPulse: What was once thought to be an impossible task is now reality: The Toronto Raptors have won the NBA Championship, dethroning the Warriors.
An NBA champion hasn’t been to the White House since 2016. It appears the Toronto Raptors will make it three consecutive years without the customary visit.
Danny Green appeared on Yahoo Sports’ “Inside The Green Room” on Saturday to discuss the Raptors’ championship. During the course of the conversation, host Harrison Sanford asked about the prospect of the Raptors visiting Donald Trump at the White House, and Green quickly demurred.
“I just don’t think that we accept,” Green said. “And I try to respect everybody in every field that they do regardless of how crazy things are. But he makes it really hard. He makes it very, very tough to respect how he goes about things and does things.
“To put it politely, I think it’s a hard no.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers were the last NBA champion to visit the White House in 2016 during the final year of Barack Obama’s administration.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invited the team to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, seat of the national government. Head coach Nick Nurse said earlier this week that the details are being worked out for that visit.
Trudeau was in Washington on Thursday to meet with Trump, who was asked about inviting the Raptors to the White House during a joint session with reporters.
“We thought about that. That’s an interesting question,” Trump said. “… That was a great job by a great team, so we’ll think about that. If they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that.”
It appears the Raptors aren’t interested. And now that Green has made his feelings known, he’s not expecting an invite.
“I’m sure he’s going to take his invite back now,” Green said. “If we do decide, he’s going to be like, ‘Well, I didn’t invite them anyway.’ That’s fine.”
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