Monday, January 25, 2010

Lakers Visit the White House

The 2008-09 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers finally visited the White House on Monday to meet with President Barack Obama.

An avid basketball fan, with an unorthodox Ginobili-like jump shot, Obama said no team exemplified excellence on the court more than the Lakers did last year in winning their 15th league championship.

The team's players, owners and coaches presented the president with a gold Lakers jersey emblazoned with "1," a nod to, um, guard Jordan Farmar(notes), and an autographed basketball. (On second thought, perhaps the Lakers didn't give him "44," a nod to Obama's standing as the 44th president, out of respect for Jerry West.) Courtesy: Yahoo Sports

Meanwhile, the first fan is working very hard at forming his own basketball team. It was revealed this weekend the President played a little basketball with his daughters.

Courtesy: Washington Post/AP

President Barack Obama is sharing his love of the game of basketball with his children.

The first daughters, 8-year-old Sasha and 11-year-old Malia, spent about an hour and a half shooting hoops with their father Sunday morning at the Interior Department, just a few blocks from the White House.

A day earlier, the president and first lady Michelle Obama had watched Sasha play a basketball game at a community center in the Washington suburbs.