The Lakers reportedly hope to renew the custom of visiting the White Home following a championship season — however solely after President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace.
Yahoo Sports, citing league sources, reported any Lakers plans to go to the White Home would rely on a number of elements. These embrace not solely revamped COVID-19 protocols, but additionally whether or not Biden’s schedule shall be clear for Los Angeles’ lone go to to Washington this season. The Lakers shall be in D.C. within the second half of the 2020-21 season, however the NBA will not unveil the second-half schedule till after the season’s first half has concluded in early March.
Biden will take workplace Jan. 20 in a switch of energy from President Donald Trump.
Yahoo reported the Lakers would view such a go to as a “pleasure and an honor.” That hasn’t been the case since Trump took workplace in January 2017: No NBA groups have visited the White Home since then; the final to take action was LeBron James’ Cavaliers in 2016, when Barack Obama was nonetheless president.
Certainly, NBA gamers and Trump have been largely confrontational since he took workplace. That has been very true for James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and Biden within the 2016 and 2020 presidential races, respectively. Forward of the 2018 NBA Finals, James mentioned neither the Cavaliers nor Warriors wanted a White House invite from Trump following the sequence.
Trump’s supporters additionally broke out right into a “LeBron James sucks” chant final Nov. 2, on the eve of the 2020 election.