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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left. 

LeBron James, NFL players blast President Trump on Twitter

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LeBron James, NFL players blast President Trump on Twitter

President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors led to some pointed reactions on Twitter from prominent athletes.

One of the most notable was from the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, who backed Curry:

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul also weighed in:

President Trump responded again on Twitter Saturday afternoon, saying players who don't stand for the national anthem should, "Find something else to do!"

NFL players, including the Patriots' Devin McCourty,  chimed in earlier on Twitter after Trump criticized players who have protested during the national anthem, most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  

A sampling: 

Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

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Trump rescinds White House invitation to Steph Curry in tweet

President Donald Trump, in a tweet Saturday, rescinded the invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry after Curry had made it clear he didn't want to go for the traditional champions' visit.

It's unclear if Trump's tweet referred to just Curry not being invited or if the President meant the entire Warriors team was not welcome. Later Saturday, the Warriors released a statement that said the team would not be going to the White House.

Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA Players Association also released statements on the situation.

Curry had said Friday at Warriors’ media day that he planned to vote no when the team discussed visiting the White House as a team. 

“I don’t want to go. That’s the nucleus of my belief. If it was just me, it would be a pretty short conversation.” Curry said of the team's meeting on the issue. 

His teammate Kevin Durant also said he didn’t want to go. “I don't respect who's in office right now,” he said.

Curry, Durant, coach Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors organization have been critical of Trump and team officials had earlier told the White House they would vote as a team whether to go.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers defended Curry's stance and called out Trump in a tweet:

At a rally in Alabama Friday night, the President criticized NFL players - most notably former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick - who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest police treatment of African-Americans. 

Curry referred to the NFL players protests when talking to reporters on Friday.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from Kaepernick to what happened with [the Seattle Seahawks'] Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry said. “We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

President Trump responded to NFL players who had been critical of him on Twitter Saturday afternoon, saying players who don't stand for the national anthem should, "Find something else to do!"