Harkening again to the first NBA group go to to the White House, made by the Boston Celtics throughout the Kennedy administration, the President stated throughout the out of doors ceremony that he was “honored to welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to continue that tradition in sport and democracy. Unity, perhaps, is the most elusive thing and the most necessary thing. But that’s who this team is — they’re unified. That’s who we are as a nation.”

“Through it all, one thing remains constant — the values of the game and of the sport: teamwork, hard work and respect. And the belief that we can strengthen the bonds that bring us together and stand for something bigger than ourselves,” he added.

The President additionally thanked the group for participating their followers and for taking a stand following the police capturing of Jacob Blake by boycotting a playoff game in 2020.

“Last year, as a team, you took a stand for justice and peace in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And you’ve gotten people engaged,” Biden stated, including, “It really mattered. I remember calling your coach. You got people engaged in the vote, in the political process. You encouraged fans to get vaccinated. I just want to thank you.”

The Bucks’ win marked their first championship since 1971.

They are the first NBA champs to make the conventional go to to the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers did so in November 2016. In 2017 and 2018, the Golden State Warriors didn’t go to the White House.

In 2017, level guard Steph Curry stated he did not need to go to to have fun the win as a result of he and his group “don’t stand for” the issues then-President Donald Trump stated following deadly demonstrations by White supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to,” Curry stated at the time.

After their second win in 2018, the group determined to tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington with a group of school children instead of visiting the White House.
The Toronto Raptors declined to go to the White House in 2019 after their win, with then-Raptors participant Danny Green saying a go to was “a hard no” as a result of Trump “makes it very, very tough to respect how he goes about things and does things.”
The Los Angeles Lakers, the 2020 champs, didn’t go to the White House to have fun their win because of Covid-19 protocols and scheduling issues.
Ahead the of the ceremony, a bunch of Bucks gamers toured the White House and posed for photos on the South Lawn.