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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden welcomed the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks to the White House on Monday, praising team members not just for their achievements on the court, but also for their efforts to promote coronavirus vaccinations and for speaking out after the 2020 police shooting of Jacob Blake sparked protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In a three-hour lunch meeting last Friday in Milwaukee, Bucks co-owner and governor Marc Lasry made it clear to reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo that the franchise is willing to spend into the luxury tax to deliver him a championship supporting cast, sources told ESPN on Monday.

Nearly a year after police fatally shot an unarmed black man in Sacramento and a series of protests ensued in California's capital, the Kings and Milwaukee Bucks collaborated on a daylong summit Wednesday to address social injustice and encourage engagement and thoughtful discussions to try to bring about change.

Individuals in the Bucks organization also had grave concerns about Kidd’s abilities, or inabilities, to relate to several younger players, among them Jabari Parker, who the Bucks had made the second overall pick in the 2014 draft and who, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, was projected to be a cornerstone for the Bucks’ future.

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