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When the Warriors won the National Basketball Association championship previous year, Curry indicted he would not attend a planned White House ceremony, prompting Trump to disinvite the team via Twitter. "If they don't want to be here, I don't want them", Trump said.

"I'm not surprised", James said of Trump's behavior. Trump would then go on to list other champions that have visited the White House. "You know, my attitude: If they want to be here, it's the greatest place on Earth, I'm here".

James, who described Trump as a "bum" following the furore, said this week neither the Warriors nor the Cavs would be likely to accept an invitation after this year's NBA Finals.

Curry raised Trump's ire past year when he said he wouldn't go to the White House, prompting the President to disinvite him and the champion Golden State Warriors. "Like guys said before me, I'm sure whoever wins this series won't be going". "So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going".

On the eve of game three of the Warriors-Cavaliers series led 2-0 by Golden State, politics dominated the conversation in Cleveland. However, he conveniently forgets that never before has a President been rejected this many times in regards to having a celebratory gathering at the White House.

"I didn't invite them".

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Cleveland turned the ball over a series-high 14 times in Game 3 , and the Warriors converted for 19 fast-break points. The Warriors steamrolled the Cavaliers in last year's Finals in five games and can sweep Cleveland in Game 4 Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump on field during the national anthem prior to the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Meanwhile, away from the White House, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt continued to make headlines for a growing list of scandals.

The players' comments come a day after Trump called off the Philadelphia Eagles scheduled trip to the White House, citing the ongoing National Football League kneeling controversy.

"What patriotism is is helping your fellow citizen and whether it's what [NBA player Kevin Durant is] doing or what we did when we visited Washington or what the Lynx are doing today, that's what patriotism is about".

"When someone says they don't want to come to the White House, he disinvites them so the photo op doesn't look bad", he said.

Trump said he would ask athletes to give him names of people who they feel have been treated unfairly by the criminal justice system and he would consider pardoning them or commuting their sentences.