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We are in the midst, or at the end, of the National Basketball Association’s championship tournament. The Golden State Warriors are the first team to advance to five straight NBA finals since the Boston Celtics, who were in 10 straight finals between 1957 and 1966. There have been other incredibly dominant teams who went on finals streaks, then missed a year, then were back for more. Yet, this has been a very special team. They also have good reputations off the court but have joined the rest of the NBA in their open leftist contempt for American voters’ decision in 2016. Indeed, they act as if the election was illegitimate while championing every left-wing Democrat cause. Yet, they may well lose this finals series to a Canadian team, the Toronto Raptors. President Trump should have tweets drafted and ready to immediately address either eventuality.
The Raptors were up three games to one when they lost Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals by one point. They need only win one of the next two games to unseat the defending champion Warriors. Yet, Game 6 is in the Warriors’ home arena. Suppose they win, making it one game for all the marbles. It would be seasoned champions against first-time-ever contenders, with all the pressure on the Raptors for letting the series slip away.
Golden State Warriors Win, and “Three-peat:”
If the Golden State Warriors take it to seven games and win their third championship in a row, they and their leftist coach will take the occasion to again show contempt for America with their refusal to accept national civic accolades at the White House. President Trump should seize the high ground, in the moments after the final buzzer, by tweeting:
Congratulations to the two best teams in the NBA! The Warriors lived up to their name, fighting to victory from 1-3 start. Truly special to “3-peat.” Golden State Warriors join 1960s Boston Celtics, only other team in 5 straight finals.
Congratulations to Toronto Raptors! They took the most dominant recent championship team to 7 games! Amazing team performance! All of Canada can be proud for first ever NBA championship appearance by a Canadian team.
Notice how both messages are entirely positive and show President Trump’s love of a winning team and a great contest. This makes the NBA, the teams, and the players look completely petty if they respond with insults, including pretending not to care or think the President of the United States’ comments mean nothing. They will only damage their brand and alienate swing voters, as players, coaches, and, yes, “owners,” are egged on inside their bubble.
Raptors Go Mesozoic on Warriors and Win:
Now, what if the Raptors hang on and end the Golden State championship dynasty? Then the Raptors and Prime Minister Trudeau will look to rub President Trump’s nose in it on behalf of their fellow leftists. You see, the Raptors, and even the NBA commissioner, will be thrilled to loudly accept an invitation by the Canadian PM. There will be the legitimate reason of the first-ever NBA champion outside the United States of America, and the burning desire to posture there with direct and indirect insults aimed at American voters and their legitimately elected president. Anticipating this, President Trump should tweet moments after the final buzzer, in Game 6 or 7:
Congratulations to the two best teams in the NBA! Toronto Raptors showed amazing skill and heart in winning first ever NBA championship for Canada! Calling PM Trudeau with congratulations for Raptors, Toronto, Ontario, and Canada! Historic!
Follow that up with:
Amazing season for Golden State Warriors! Warriors join 1960s Boston Celtics as only other team in 5 straight finals. Amazing skill and heart, and total class acts on and off the court! They will be back, tough again next season.
Make it all positive less than a year and a half out from the 2020 general election. Reinforce the real accomplishments of urban, minority, and female employment and wage growth. Build on the sentencing reform laws and ceremonies. Put the politicized NBA and its players in a no-win situation with a great big smile and a Twitter pat on the back. Maybe even spark a change to Make Basketball Great Again.