That was different. This time they were nervous about hitting the fan.
Former President Barack Obama – a big basketball fan who was officially the first fan of the game during his eight-year tenure – kicked off Friday at an NBA Cares event during the All-Star weekend in his hometown of Chicago with several of the league’s best newcomers unannounced. Second year players and coaches. The event involved volunteers filling several backpacks with school supplies, and this work was predictably stopped when Obama entered the room.
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Obama hugged Kidd for a long time and then turned back to Doncic: “Don’t listen to him when it comes to shooting,” Obama quipped, realizing that Doncic is already a much better shot than Kidd in his career.
It was the first of several events for Obama during the All-Star weekend: he is scheduled to have a conversation with several top NBA players on Saturday, and is expected to be able to appear in the All-Star game on Sunday as well , Obama was at the event for more than half an hour and spent most of that time seated alongside Williamson and Young.
They had the same initial reaction.
“It was crazy,” said Young, the 21-year-old Atlanta all-star security guard.
“It was crazy,” repeated Williamson, the New Orleans freshman and number 1 in last year’s NBA draft.
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“It was pretty cool,” said Herro, 20.
19-year-old Williamson said it could have been one of his coolest experiences so far, even when Obama saw him play at Duke last season. The only other experience that can be compared is number 1 in the draft.
” So that he has one of the fullest appointments, so that he keeps up with all of us, he has a lot of respect for him. ” ‘I have a lot of respect for him, just know us, know our statistics. He said ‘career level 32,’ man … crazy. ”
Williamson had a career point of 32 points for New Orleans in a loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday night. The next morning he was overwhelmed that Obama wanted to talk about it.
“Since he could stand next to him and talk to him, he basically knew everything about my game and my season. It’s pretty cool to know all of this,” said Young.
Obama shook each hand and stopped to speak to the children, players, coaches, and staff in the room. He didn’t ask questions at the event, but seemed particularly impressed by a boy who told him that he had submitted a successful essay to earn the right to be there – although Obama’s appearance up to the moment when he walked through the door was a surprise.
“There’s really nothing like it,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. ” He is a president, he is a young president who is very loved by all of America, especially the NBA family. He is so attuned to our game and it was a great honor to get to know him. ”
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