Lakers are set to meet with President Obama very soon!
O.C. Register: The Lakers have set a date to be the first NBA champions celebrated at the White House by President Barack Obama: Jan. 25.
The White House isn’t prepared to confirm it – and probably won’t until about a week before, because sometimes things suddenly come up when you’re the leader of the free world – but the visit is now planned on the Lakers’ schedule as surely as the game the next night against the Washington Wizards.
What remains to be seen is whether Obama brings the Lakers over to his recently renovated full-size basketball court at the White House. It’s hard to imagine the hoops-crazy Obama would miss out on such an opportunity – and would Kobe Bryant be true to his tradition and refuse to take it easy on the prez? – but this is going to be one spectacular moment on the Lakers’ side, too.
The White House trip falls on the sixth day of an eight-game, 14-day trip that starts in Cleveland and features Boston as the next-to-last stop. As epic as those games loom to be, they won’t compare with meeting Obama for most Lakers.
In fact, the leadership of this Lakers team, in the form of both team captains and the head coach, has been aligned with Obama all along.
Kobe Bryant was one of the millions who went old-school the day after Obama became the first black U.S. President and scurried for commemorative copies of his local newspaper (yes, The Orange County Register) to save for himself and his children.