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“He doesn’t want to tamper,” senior adviser to the president — and former Bulls season-ticket holder — David Axelrod said. “But as a Chicago fan, the president thinks LeBron would look great in a Bulls uniform.”
James, whose Cleveland Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs Thursday by the Boston Celtics, becomes a free agent on July 1. Many believe he could be headed to the Bulls.
The president, a former U.S. senator from Illinois and state senator from Chicago, never has shied away from his sporting roots. He frequently wears his Chicago White Sox cap; has attended a Washington Wizards victory over the Bulls last season, and also hosted the Bulls on a tour of the White House.
And Obama just couldn’t resist slipping in some trash talk when the Los Angeles Lakers visited the White House following their 2008-09 NBA title.
“I’m especially excited to meet Coach Phil Jackson, the ‘Zen Master,’ ” Obama said. “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 10th NBA title, the most in history, but I do want to point out that six of them came with the Bulls.”
Later, Obama playfully taunted Magic Johnson as he re-enacted Michael Jordan‘s “spectacular move” from Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals when Jordan, in mid-air, switched the ball from right to left hand before laying it in.
“[The Lakers] won the first game, so they were feeling cocky … [John] Paxson was hitting all those shots …” Obama said.
Obama also filmed a video tribute to Johnny “Red” Kerr for the beloved Bulls announcer’s retirement ceremony in February of 2009. Kerr, who died of cancer just 16 days later, cherished the moment.