Usually when an NBA team wins the Finals, they’ll expect an invitation from the White House to celebrate their win. But given that the Toronto Raptors play in Canada, there’s a lot of uncertainty as to what’s going to happen there.
Speaking to the media this week, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse made it clear that the Raptors are Canada’s team. As a result, they’re planning on visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Parliament Hill.
“We’re here, let’s visit Trudeau. We’re Canada’s team.”
Nurse noted that the Raptors have not heard from President Donald Trump or the White House.
It’s not unprecedented for a Canadian team that won an American title to get a White House invite though. The 1992 Toronto Blue Jays were invited to the White House by President George H.W. Bush.
Nick Nurse on potential White House visit:
"We're here, let's visit Trudeau. We're Canada's team."
Said that plans are already in the works for the visit to Parliament Hill. Haven't heard from the White House.
— Vivek Jacob (@VivekMJacob) June 19, 2019
But between 1992 and the Raptors’ NBA Finals win, no Canadian team from the NHL, MLB, or NBA have won a title, so there’s very little precedent.
Of course, it’s also well-documented that many NBA players have serious issues with President Trump.
Since he took office in 2017, the Warriors have passed on visiting President Trump at the White House visit both times.
Who even knows if the White House is even planning on extending the invitation, knowing there’s a strong possibility it will simply be rejected?