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Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2017 NBA Finals

Posted at 6:00 AM, Jun 01, 2017

In November of 2016 Ohio Gov. John Kasich took his twin teenage daughters Emma and Reese on a one of a kind trip to the White House. Kasich was there that day in part to meet with President Obama about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal but that wasn't the draw that day for the governor's twins.

"Emma said I already met the President, I wanted to meet LeBron," Kasich said that day.

Yes, this was also the day the Cleveland Cavaliers were being recognized by the President for winning the 2016 NBA Championship and the Kasich family joined the team on the south lawn of the White House that day with Kasich boldly stating after "I'm predicting a repeat."

Nearly seven months later the Cavs and Warriors have become the first team in NBA Finals history to face each other in three consecutive years. Before leaving for Japan on an Ohio trade trip Kasich predicted victory for the Cavaliers.

"I happen to really like it, I enjoy watching it and I think it's going to be an incredible series between Cleveland and Golden State. It'll be fun and hopefully we'll go back to back," he said.

"I mean [Golden State's] got a lot of shooters but do they got anybody to play defense and stop a guy like LeBron?," Kasich asked. "And now we see the emergence of Kevin Love in the playoffs and Kyrie is really pretty remarkable so you got to feel very good about the Cavs right now."

Kasich wasn't phased by the Cavs at times up and down performance in the second half of the regular season.

"People who had concerns during the regular season do not understand the NBA, nothing matters until the playoffs and frankly nothing matters until the fourth quarter."