CHICAGO -- NBA All-Star weekend always features an interesting mix of basketball stars and celebrities, and with this year's showcase in Chicago, former President Barack Obama was on hand Friday at a food drive presented by NBA Cares.
Obama showed up at Wintrust Arena in the South Side as players in the Rising Stars game gave out food to those in need. He interacted with players from Team World and Team U.S.A., including both representatives of the Wizards; Rui Hachimura and Moe Wagner.
After the game on Friday night, they described their interaction with Obama, who is one of Washington, D.C.'s most famous residents.
"It was cool. He said he wants to come to a game sometime soon," Hachimura said.
Obama has attended Wizards games before, but not since 2009. Despite leaving office in 2017, he still lives in the District and could make the short trip over from his house in Kalorama.
Wagner had met Obama once before. They crossed paths when Wagner was at the University of Michigan and attended a rally during the 2016 election that Obama spoke at.
Still, he was in awe seeing him again.
"I was starstruck. I didn't know what to do, whether to stand up or sit down," Wagner said. "He said what's up to me... He knew me. I was like 'oh.' He instantly asked me about Michigan. I was like 'this is unreal.'"
Wagner spoke glowingly of the 44th President, saying he's a "big fan." He finds him inspirational and also an especially cool person.
"That man's got some swag," he said.
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