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Parade for Warriors on Thursday. Will NBA champs visit White House?

Golden State Warriors players, coaches and owners hold up the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland.
Golden State Warriors players, coaches and owners hold up the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland. AP

The NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the city of Oakland will host a parade and rally at 10 a.m. Thursday in downtown Oakland, the team announced.

The Warriors won their second championship in three seasons Monday night with a 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Fans can begin to line up for the rally as early as 5 a.m. at Lakeshore Drive and 12th Street.

Will the Warriors follow up that celebration by visiting the White House? Numerous online reports say no, as coach Steve Kerr and star player Stephen Curry have been critical of President Donald Trump.

The Warriors say talk about a White House visit is premature.

“Today is all about celebrating our championship. We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when it is necessary,” the team said in a news release.

Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” show Tuesday morning, Warriors owner Joe Lacob also said any decision about a White House trip will come later.

“That’s something we'll worry about at the time. That’s a long time from now.”

Warriors’ small forward Andre Iguodala weighed in on the issue before Game 5 of the Finals in a USA Today story:

“Maybe (Trump) doesn’t (invite us) and we don’t go, or we don’t say anything and make a big deal of it, and he doesn’t make a big deal of it and we go our separate ways,” Iguodala said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, will gladly welcome the Warriors to Washington, D.C. In a tweet Tuesday morning, she said, “I’d be honored to welcome the team to the U.S. Capitol.”

Later, the D.C. invitations continued. Representatives from the National Mall posted an open letter to the Warriors, saying, “We offer for the very first time to an NBA team an open invitation to the Golden State Warriors front office, coaching staff and players to tour the National Mall with one of our experienced guides.”

As the most visited national park in the country, the National Mall hosts an estimated 36 million visits annually, the letter noted.

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