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Reports emerged on Tuesday morning that the NBA champion Warriors had already opted out of a visit to the White House, a decision the team is now denying ever happened.
2017 MVP Kevin Durant led the Warriors to their second title in three years on Monday night when Golden State took down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120. According to several reports, the Warriors unanimously decided soon after their victory celebrations that they would not visit President Donald Trump at the White House to commemorate their championship win — but the team has since said they have made no such decision.
“Today is all about celebrating our championship,” the Warriors stated in responding to a Business Insider request for comment. “We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

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Steve Kerr looks better than he has since he took a leave of absence during the Golden State Warriors’ first-round playoff series, and there’s a chance he will coach at some point against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Acting Warriors coach Mike Brown, speaking Wednesday to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, said he didn’t know whether Kerr would return Thursday night for Game 1 and that the team wouldn’t know until closer to the 9 p.m. ET tipoff.


Ever since LeBron James passed Michael Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in NBA playoff history there has been a lot of talk of legacies and such, who the greatest of all time really is, and whether a Finals victory over these Warriors would give James a legitimate claim to the best-ever crown. For some, nothing will ever be enough. The second James made it to the Finals once and lost, it was over. Jordan was perfect in the Finals, and James wasn’t. End of discussion. And even if the Cavs do lose, it’s hard to imagine them doing so in a way that reflects poorly on James, who could have easily been named Finals MVP in 2015 as well as 2016.

 So who has the most to win, or the most to lose? Steph Curry, for one. A huge Finals would make up for sub-par (at least by two-time MVP standards) performances the past two years and cement him in the upper echelon. Kevin Durant could silence the haters. And on the Cleveland side, superlative performances from Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson could make the former a legend and the latter a household name. James? He’s got nothing left to prove. Other guys do. 

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https://www.spreaker.com/episode/11710773

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As the Celtics attempt to climb out of a 2-0 hole in their first-round playoff series against the Bulls, you can’t help but wonder if they would be better off with a secondary scorer to go with Isaiah Thomas.
Apparently, Boston’s coaching staff wanted to acquire that scorer two months ago. Source, Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline, but Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge wouldn’t pull the trigger. 

According to an NBA source, the Celtics coaching staff was in favor of trading for Anthony at the trade deadline, but general manager Danny Ainge had too many reservations. One of Ainge’s concerns, according to a source, was an Anthony trade would have given Boston no real cap space to work with for the 2017 free-agent class.

The report also says that the Carmelo talks could heat up again if the Celtics are eliminated in the first round and that Knicks president Phil Jackson would consider Jae Crowder “a major player of interest” in any potential deal.
Jackson hasn’t held his tongue about trading Anthony, and the 32-year-old forward has expressed a willingness to waive his no-trade clause to go to a winning situation. The Celtics, despite their postseason struggles, certainly check that box.