It had become a tradition for the reigning champion to visit the US president in the season following its triumph, albeit one that’s taken a brief hiatus during Donald Trump’s time in office.
James’ Cleveland Cavaliers were the last team to fulfill the tradition when the players met Barack Obama in 2016 but the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors both since declined invites to meet Trump.
In 2018, the Warriors decided instead to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in lieu of the traditional White House trip.
However, following the Lakers’ victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, James said he would be happy to meet Joe Biden’s new administration but questioned whether current health and safety regulations would allow it.
The Lakers would have the possibility to visit the White House when it plays the Washington Wizards in the second half of the season.
“I don’t think we’ve had any conversation with our team,” James told reporters.
“I have no idea with all the Covid rules and restrictions and everything that’s going on with our league. I’m not even sure if we even are allowed to go.
“It would be great, but I have no idea what we can even do right now besides hotel, arena and home.”
James was speaking after an impressive performance against the Bucks, where he scored a season-high 34 points in his side’s 113-106 win.
It’s a result that maintains the Lakers’ unbeaten form on the road this season, where it’s won each of its last eight games.
It was all the more important after coming off the back of a home defeat against the Warriors last time out.
“Our motivation was not losing two in a row tonight,” said Lakers forward Anthony Davis.