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WATCH NOW: President Obama Welcomes The Los Angeles Lakers To The White House

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President Barack Obama welcomed the Los Angeles Lakers to the White House yesterday, to honor them for winning the 2009 NBA Championship. This is the 15th championship win for the Lakers…

President Obama on Coach Phil Jackson: “I’m especially excited to meet Coach Phil Jackson, the Zen Master.  I’ve been a fan of Coach Jackson’s ever since his days running the triangle offense in Chicago.  I want to congratulate him on his tenth NBA championship –- the most in history.  I do want to point out that six of them came with the Bulls. I just want to point that out.

I was hoping that, Coach, you were going to bring some books for Republicans and Democrats in Congress maybe to get them to start playing like a team together. Coach is famous for passing out books and helping people get the job done.”

President Obama on Magic Johnson: “We are obviously honored to have one of the all-time greats in NBA history, Magic Johnson. Magic did pretty well during his time with the Lakers. He wasn’t bad. And now a new generation is continuing his legacy.  But obviously part of what makes Magic special wasn’t just how he played on the court, but also just the infectious enthusiasm about life and what he’s now doing with businesses and minority communities. He’s just been an outstanding leader in our country for a long time.”

President Obama on Kobe Bryant: “Of course, I’ve got to recognize Kobe Bryant -– one of the most competitive players I’ve ever seen — for being named Finals MVP last year, obviously already MVPs under his belt, the youngest player ever to reach 25,000 points in his career.  And he’s playing with a broken finger.  Now, if I was — if I had a broken finger I would have trouble getting out of bed. And he’s still leading the team day in and day out.

Some notable NBA wives were there to support their hubbies….

Khloe Kardashian Odom “Hello? are ya there Khloe” [smile!]

Vanessa Byrant

Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James? Who’s your pick? Let us know & leave your comments below!

Heart ya for it!


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  • Yvonne

    Derek Fisher for personal reasons.

  • farai

    Ms. Yvonne,

    I asked Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James and you said, Derek Fisher!!?!?! For personal reasons…What!!!! Come on! Spill it doll :-)

    He is ok looking [to ME] and as for his stats?….mmhhhh


  • Yvonne

    I know you asked about about Kobe and Lebron. ..Derek is still my choice and yes he is ok looking to me too as for his status thats my status too. He seems to be grounded from the little I know anyways. Ok then Lebron!

  • farai

    Hey Yvonne,

    Gurl, if Derek Fisher is your choice then so be it doll! I was laughing coz I had asked for Kobe & LeBron and you chose Derek…I thought there may be some juicy news that I am not aware of! That’s all…

    I cannot say I follow Derek much. He has been out of my radar but mmmhhhh, now that you mention him, I will have to check him out more closely!

    Thanks doll!