But of course, Obama only has a few more months left as POTUS, and this was the final time that he’ll host the team that won the Larry O’Brien Trophy. For at least the next four years, this honor is going to go to President-elect Donald Trump, which ESPN’s Jalen Rose sees as a potential issue.
According to SLAM Magazine, Rose thinks it’ll get to the point where athletes go out of their way to avoid going to the White House.
“There will be players that decline the opportunity to visit the White House under his presidency,” Rose said. Rose made it a point to include that he doesn’t think this will be limited to the NBA, as he also mentioned that the NFL will feature a number of athletes who avoid the ceremonial trip to meet Trump.