Update 2:15 p.m. ET, November 10: The live stream for the Cavs White House visit is set to start at 2:20 p.m. Press Secretary Josh Earnest is currently speaking with the media.
Original article: The NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have been planning a visit to the White House to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday for “weeks,” according to the CBC. The meeting is said to be scheduled to coincide with a Friday-night game between the Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards.
The Cavs White House ceremony will be streamed at 2:05 p.m., Thursday.
“How do I even feel confident sending her on play dates knowing the kids family voted for the racist, sexist person and I don’t know how they will treat her when she’s gone,” Cavaliers player J.R. Smith was quoted with regard to his daughter living in a country with President-elect Donald Trump as president.
The shooting guard posted the message along with a photo of his daughter on Instagram.
In a scheduling arrangement described as “awkward” by the CBC, the Cavs White House time will be shared with Trump, who has been invited to meet with the president tomorrow, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is also reported to be expected to be in attendance.
J.R. Smith and teammate LeBron James both appeared on the presidential campaign trail in support of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Please know that this isn’t the end, it’s just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!!” LeBron James was reported to have stated in the wake of the election of Donald Trump.
James has been described as the “heart and soul” of the champion Cavs lineup.
President Obama was reported to have called the Cavs coach, Tyronn Lue, in June, following the team’s NBA Championship victory over the Golden State Warriors. The coach was said to have possessed a desire that the Cavs White House visit would occur while Obama, the first African-American president, was still in office.
Holding such genuine affection for President Obama, it is speculated that James and Coach Lue would not look forward to spending time with the president in the company of the man who notoriously questioned his birthplace for years, as reported by Cleveland. The site also noted that the NBA is made up predominantly of African-American players.
“Love, genuine LOVE and FAITH will be the only thing that can get us through this,” LeBron James was quoted.
Ohio’s Columbus Dispatch compared James’ view of President-elect Trump with that of John Kasich. The Ohio governor was reported to have joined James in boycotting the Trump vote, instead writing-in Arizona Senator John McCain on his ballot.
The Washington Times noted that Kasich had broken a pledge made along with Trump and other Republicans early in the primaries, promising to unify and vote for whoever the party decided upon. The publication stated that John Kasich’s “political future” could be tied to his decision not to vote for Donald Trump and that the move solidifies the governor’s image as a “polarizing figure.”
A potential 2020-presidential run by Governor Kasich was described as a “dicey proposition” by Paul Beck with Ohio State University.
“What they didn’t know then — nor did millions of Americans — was that the man who questioned Obama’s legitimacy as a U.S.-born citizen, and therefore his presidency, would be there the same day measuring the drapes,” Cleveland wrote with regard to the Cavaliers’ visit to the White House.
For the current season, the Cavaliers are currently leading the NBA Central Division, boasting six wins and only one loss, early on. LeBron James currently leads the Cavs in average assists, with 9.9, and field goals percentage, with 48.3. J.R. Smith leads Cleveland with average steals, with 1.86 in the ledger.
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