November 06, 2016
LeBron James is voting for Hillary Clinton, but the Democratic presidential nominee's campaign may have hampered his team's performance against the Sixers Saturday night.
According to ESPN, several Cleveland Cavaliers players were forced to take Uber to the game at the Wells Fargo Center after their team bus got held up by a motorcade carrying Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden.
The Bidens were campaigning for Clinton in Bucks County Saturday afternoon. On their way out, traffic was held up a bit, and several Cavs players were stuck in the wait. Per ESPN:
After their bus was stopped for more than 20 minutes waiting for the motorcade to pass, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert left it along with team security personnel and hopped in an Uber to finish their trip to the Wells Fargo Center.
They arrived approximately 65 minutes before tipoff.
Cavs general manager David Griffin told ESPN.com that the bus, which eventually got to the arena nearly simultaneously with the Uber, arrived about 35 minutes later than expected because of the VP's vehicles.
Getting to the game late may have had an impact on the three players Saturday night. Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue told ESPN that Irving not being able to get his normal practice shots in before the game may have hurt him; Irving, one of the league's leading scorers, made just 3 of 17 shots from the field, finishing with 8 points.
The winless Sixers were able to put the unbeaten Cavs on their heels, thanks in large part to another stellar performance from Joel Embiid. But Cleveland was able to eek out a one-point win.
Coincidently, the Bidens are noted Philly sports fans. Jill Biden is a big Flyers supporter, and the vice president — a Scranton native and former U.S. Senator from Delaware — has routinely cheered on Philly teams, even appearing at an Eagles game earlier this year and telling President Barack Obama that he has to hop on the Wentz Wagon.
Unfortunately for their hometown Sixers, the Bidens weren't able to make King James late for the game as well. He finished with 25 points.