On Thursday, LeBron James and the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers brought their Larry O'Brien Trophy to the White House where President Barack Obama honored their historic comeback victory.
It was a third victory lap through the White House for James and happened to come just hours after President-elect Donald J. Trump joined Obama in the Oval Office for their first meeting to discuss the pending transition of administrations.
Per the Akron Beacon-Journal, James said on Friday: “I don’t know. That’s something I would cross. We’ll have to cross that road, I guess. We’ll see. I would love to have to cross that road.”
That's a solid maybe. Like a lot of Americans who voted for Clinton and Trump (and Gary Johnson and Jill Stein), he's contemplating what the country will look like over the next four years and taking stock of the protests and calls for healing the nation.
“He’s our president. And no matter if you agree with it or disagree with it, he’s the guy and we all have to figure out a way that we can make America as great as it can be,” James said. “We all have to do our part. Our nation has never been built on one guy, anyway. It’s been built on multiple guys, multiple people in power, multiple people having a dream and making it become a reality by giving back to the community, giving back to the youth, doing so many great things.”
Cavaliers veteran Richard Jefferson expressed doubt that players would visit the White House during a Trump administration, writing on Snapchat:
Of course, it would be a nice problem for James and Jefferson to have to confront.