But that window is narrow, with the Lakers playing in Orlando on April 26 and back in Los Angeles for a game against Sacramento on April 30, and it is complicated by coronavirus protocols at the White House and in the NBA. James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the most recent NBA champions to visit the White House in November 2016, when President Barack Obama entertained them on the same day that he met with the newly elected Donald Trump. Story continues below advertisementFor the Toronto Raptors, who beat the Warriors in the 2019 Finals, a White House visit was “a hard no,” Danny Green, then with team, said. Story continues below advertisementSome members of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the Super Bowl just as the pandemic was taking root in February 2020, expressed excitement for a White House visit. White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated that in February, adding that the Lakers and Buccaneers would receive invitations “when it’s covid safe.”AdvertisementBecause of the pandemic, the Lakers have not celebrated the franchise’s 17th championship with a parade.
Source: Washington Post April 19, 2021 14:39 UTC