The Los Angeles Lakers want to take a shot at visiting the White House when Joe Biden gets in office to celebrate their 2020 NBA Championship.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, “Members of the franchise—from players to management—see it as a pleasure and an honor to have their accomplishment recognized by the incoming president, but reconvening the tradition this season shall depend on logistics, sources said.”
It would seem fit that the team would be able to visit when they play the Washington Wizards, but that game is being held at the Los Angeles Staples Center, the Bleacher Report stated.
The tradition for professional sports champions to visit the White House fell off track when Donald Trump went into office.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 championship, players decided to move their visit up while President Barack Obama was in office and before Trump succeeded. The team was the last to visit the White House.
When the Golden State Warriors won, Stephen Curry publicly said he wouldn’t take part in the tradition. Trump shortly rescinded the invitation despite the fact players pretty much said they didn’t want to go. LeBron James called Trump a “bum” on Twitter for doing so.
With COVID-19 still surging, it’s uncertain when teams can visit the White House.