Danny Green Says 'Hard No' to Visiting Donald Trump, White House as NBA Champion

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2019

Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka, left, guard Kyle Lowry, center, and guard Danny Green, third from right, celebrate with teammates after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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President Donald Trump has not decided whether he will invite the 2018-19 NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House to celebrate their historic season, but if he does, don't expect the team to make the trip.

"I just don't think that we accept," Green said on Yahoo Sports' Inside the Green Room of a potential invitation from President Trump. "... I try to respect everybody in every field that they do regardless of how crazy the 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."

Yahoo Sports Canada @YahooCASports

Raptors to the White House? "To put it politely, I think it's a hard no." - @DGreen_14 https://t.co/do6vyQa7O7

After Toronto dethroned the Golden State Warriors in six games in the 2019 NBA Finals earlier this month, Trump was asked if he would invite the Canadian-based team. At that point, he said that he hadn't thought about it.

"We thought about that. That's an interesting question," Trump said, according to USA Today's Matt Eppers. "... 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."

Visiting the White House following a championship had been a tradition under previous administrations. However, no NBA team has visited since Trump assumed office in 2017.

Both the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors and the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers made it clear through the years that they had no interest in visiting the White House while Trump was in office. That led Trump to "rescind" an invitation to the Warriors in 2017, a move that united Curry and James:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!

LeBron James @KingJames

U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!

Green even said that his response would cause President Trump to "take his invite back" if he does indeed put an offer on the table.