As we all know, President Barack Obama is a big basketball fan. Not in the literal sense as he's a pretty slender guy, but in the way that he likes basketball a lot and should consider starting a blog about it in his free time. No matter what you think of his politics, basketball fans have to admit it's pretty cool to have one of their own in the White House.
And since he's both president and a basketball fan, getting his opinion on all things hoops is becoming pretty standard. He'll fill out a NCAA tournament bracket or shoot around with some players, and he's certainly down to take part in a lengthy interview with TNT's Marv Albert about the issues. No, not health care reform, silly, we're talking the BIG issues: LeBron James(notes) as a free agent and who will win the NBA Finals. And after giving a brief pitch on his beloved Chicago Bulls as the top destination for LeBron, Obama offered his prediction on the NBA Finals.
I've got to go with the Lakers again. I think [Pau] Gasol may be the best big man in the league right now. He's different from Dwight Howard(notes), but he's [got] unbelievable footwork, speed, savvy. He's playing magnificently. Kobe [Bryant] is the fiercest competitor in the league, and they've got what I continue to believe is the best coach in the NBA right now in Phil Jackson, so they're going to be formidable, and I think it'll be a tough series. Boston's a veteran club, but the Lakers are looking pretty good.
Hey, he's been right on basketball picks before, and there's a good chance he'll be right again. The Lakers might have hit a rough patch, but the interview obviously took place before its airing during Tuesday night's Game 4 in Phoenix, so there's no way he could know that Goran Dragic(notes) would put Derek Fisher(notes) on spin cycle.
However, if the Lakers do win the championship, Obama might want to reconsider having the team visit in celebration of its victory. Ron Artest(notes) in the White House sounds like a really bad idea. That thing has already been set on fire once.