LeBron James Explains Why He Doesn’t Want to Stay at NYC Trump Hotel

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After LeBron James and a number of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates chose not to stay at a hotel owned by President-elect Donald Trump, the controversial move resulted in James taking the time to explain his position after this morning’s shootaround.

James, who endorsed Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in last month’s election, explained that his decision was just a matter of personal preference.

“It’s just my personal preference,” James said. “At the end of the day, I hope he’s one of the best presidents ever for all of our sake — my family, for all of us. But it’s just my personal preference. It would be the same if I went to a restaurant and decided to eat chicken and not steak.”

The original hotel, located in the SoHo district, was chosen because of its ability to guarantee rooms next spring should the Cavaliers face either the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets during the postseason.

James’ hotel, which is also where roughly half the team is staying, marks the first time in his career that he hasn’t stayed with his full squad. While his new hotel wasn’t disclosed, it’s close enough that all members of the team will be able to travel together for both shootaround and Wednesday night’s contest against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

“I rode the bus like I do every (shootaround), like what I’ve done for 14 straight years,” James said. “With my teammates, coaching staff and everybody else that travels with us.”

James’ head coach Tyronn Lue is staying at the Trump SoHo hotel, but had no problem with the unique situation.

“Is it odd? I mean, it’s not normal,” Lue said. “But considering the circumstances, that’s what we have. That’s not my main objective. My main thing is just trying to get this team to stay on track and playing the right way and trying to get back to playing Cleveland Cavaliers basketball.”

Cleveland ended a three-game losing streak on Monday night with a 116-112 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Following tonight’s contest, they’ll return home to face James’ old team, the Miami Heat, on Friday night.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.