Dollars to celebrate championship victory at the White House
The Milwaukee Bucks plan to resurrect a sporting tradition. The team would have celebrated their championship in visit the White House on November 8, according to ESPN.
It has been years since an NBA team made the trip. Three of the four previous NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors – who won two victories – and the Toronto Raptors, did not make it to the White House when Donald Trump was in power.
The Los Angeles Lakers did not make it to the White House after winning the championship in 2020, but that was due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly after the team’s victory, Joe Biden defeated Trump in the presidential election. Jacques was ready to attend the White House when Biden took office, but the pandemic scuttled those plans.
If the Bucks make it to the White House, it would be the first time since 2016 that an NBA team has celebrated their title with the president.
Other professional teams visited Donald Trump in office
NBA teams may have taken a break from their visit to the White House, but other sports haven’t. The Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals all made the trip to visit Trump after winning their championships. But players from each of those teams refused to go to the White House because of Trump’s views. The Los Angeles Dodgers visited the White House, but Biden was in office at the time of the visit.
The New England Patriots traveled to the White House after winning in 2017, but did not make the trip after winning in 2019. The Philadelphia Eagles were due to attend after winning a championship in 2018, but Trump canceled the visit Due to player protests.
WNBA teams have taken the same approach as the NBA. Teams that won titles did not make it to the White House while Trump was in power. The Seattle Storm returned to the White House to celebrate their 2020 title after Biden was in power.