Trump’s Words Won’t ‘Make America Great Again’

Kobe Bryant joined LeBron James in blasting President Donald Trump Saturday over rescinding a White House invitation to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, saying that Trump’s “name alone creates division and anger” — and whose words “can’t possibly ‘Make America Great Again.'”

Bryant, who retired last year from the Los Angeles Lakers, took to Twitter:

Trump rescinded the invitation after Curry said Friday that he did not want to visit the White House for a ceremony celebrating the Warriors’ NBA championship victory.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry told reporters on Friday, according to Mediaite. “That’s kind of the nucleus of my belief.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr had said that the team would vote on whether or not to visit the White House.

The team met Saturday for the first time to discuss Trump’s invitation, saying later in a statement that “we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited.”

“We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them,” the Warriors said on Twitter.

“We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.”

The Warriors said that it would, instead, “constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.”

Earlier Saturday, James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers the Warriors defeated for the NBA championship, slammed Trump as a “bum” for this Curry move:

Chris Paul, Houston Rockets point guard who also is president of the National Basketball Players Association, also weighed in:

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