Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

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Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

President Donald Trump, in a tweet Saturday, rescinded the invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry after Curry had made it clear he didn't want to go for the traditional champions' visit.

It's unclear if Trump's tweet referred to just Curry not being invited or if the President meant the entire Warriors team was not welcome. Later Saturday, the Warriors released a statement that said the team would not be going to the White House.

Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA Players Association also released statements on the situation.

Curry had said Friday at Warriors’ media day that he planned to vote no when the team discussed visiting the White House as a team. 

“I don’t want to go. That’s the nucleus of my belief. If it was just me, it would be a pretty short conversation.” Curry said of the team's meeting on the issue. 

His teammate Kevin Durant also said he didn’t want to go. “I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.

Curry, Durant, coach Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors organization have been critical of Trump and team officials had earlier told the White House they would vote as a team whether to go.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended Curry's stance and called out Trump in a tweet:

At a rally in Alabama Friday night, the President criticized NFL players - most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest police treatment of African-Americans. 

Curry referred to the NFL players protests when talking to reporters on Friday.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from Kaepernick to what happened with [the Seattle Seahawks'] Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry said. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

President Trump responded to NFL players who had been critical of him on Twitter Saturday afternoon, saying players who don't stand for the national anthem should, "Find something else to do!"

 

Durant admits to ‘childish’ and ‘idiotic’ third-person tweets

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Durant admits to ‘childish’ and ‘idiotic’ third-person tweets

Kevin Durant cops to using secret social media accounts to respond to his critics and says he regrets calling out the Thunder and former coach Billy Donovan. Click here to read more from NBCSports.com

Warriors' Green lauds Kyrie Irving for going to Celtics

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Warriors' Green lauds Kyrie Irving for going to Celtics

Kyrie Irving had been to three straight NBA Finals as a teammate of LeBron James, and the Cavs could have continued to dominate the East as long as James and Irving were together in Cleveland.

So his decision to walk away from a sure thing and try to become the focal point of his own championship-level team in Boston surprised some people. But not the Warriors' Draymond Green.

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“I wouldn't necessarily say it surprised me. I'd say more than anything, [it upped] the respect level I have for him,” Green said in a story posted on NBC Sports California. “That's tough to do. I don't think people take into account that he put so much pressure on himself by doing that . . .

“You have to deliver with that. He’s basically saying, ‘OK, I’m ready to deliver.’ . . . "

Green also admired the fact that Irving -- not a free agent -- couldn't pick and choose his destination.

“[He] could have gotten traded anywhere. But he pretty much said, ‘I don’t care where I go. I’m going to make it happen.’ That says a lot about who he is, as a competitor. His character. That says a lot about him . . .

“[The] willingness to do that, knowing the pressure that comes with that, and saying ‘I'm ready to do it. Let’s do it.' That's what stood out to me, more than anything.”

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