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Do You Agree With Adam Silver’s Reasoning on Why NBA Players Shouldn’t Boycott Trump’s White House


While only Iman Shumpert has made it known that he’d likely skip a visit to the White House if the Cavs repeat as NBA champions — I’m sure of a host of other NBA stars, including LeBron James, will weigh such an option as well.

This is the conversation every sports league will have after Donald Trump was elected President of these United States.

To visit or not to visit the ‘Trump’ White House as a major sports champion will be the topic of discussion every time a major title team is crowned.

In a thoroughly written piece on The Undefeated — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver implored his players to “not boycott” a Trump White House, for a variety of reasons, including — “lost opportunity.”

“To me, if a player were to choose not to go to the White House, whether they were choosing not to go to the current White House or a future White House, my response would be: ‘That’s a lost opportunity.’ Because that’s an opportunity that most citizens who have a political point of view would kill for — the opportunity to directly tell the president of the United States how they feel about an issue.

Now, if the president were to say, ‘I have no interest in what members of the NBA think about an issue,’ that might surprise me and I might have a different response.”

The question arose after the Cavaliers visited President Obama on Nov. 10, two days after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, and it was suggested that it could be their last visit for at least four years.

Silver acknowledged “the differences” we may have in this country, but that the ‘presidency’ and visiting the White House, “is bigger than one man.”

“I do feel a particular obligation to focus on the African-American community in that we have a league that is roughly 75 percent African-American,” he said. “And I feel part of the obligation comes from the history of this league that I’ve inherited.”

I do applaud Silver for at least trying to understand the concerns of his black employees, who make up rough three-quarters of the league.