Nova’s coach Jay Wright, announced Thursday the team would not visit 1600 Pennsylvania this year — as NCAA winning teams have traditionally done for years.¬†
In fact, Villanova visited Obama‘s White House after winning the title 2016 — but Wright explained, “Two years ago it was the experience of a lifetime for all of us. It‚Äôs just a different time.”
Fast forward to Thursday night outside Mastro’s Steakhouse in Bev Hills — where we asked Pierce (who visited George W. Bush‘s White House with the Celtics in ’08) if Nova was making a mistake.¬†
“I think that’s overrated,” Pierce explained …¬†“Why you gotta visit the White House? You got your trophy, you won your championship.”
Paul tells us it’s a digital time — so a simple congratulatory tweet should more than do the job.
Then, he started questioning why the tradition even started in the first place — strongly implying the tradition is just dumb and unnecessary.¬†
“I don’t know why we go to the White House,” Pierce said … “Why did people even start going there?”¬†
BTW … when Pierce went to the White House a decade ago — he called it “truly an honor” and even brought gifts for No. 43.