One of the perks of winning an NBA championship is the following season the team gets to meet with the President and this year the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers got to visit President Barack Obama for a second time. Even though last year’s trip to the White House was something Kobe Bryant and company will never forget, this time around they met up with the Commander in Chief at a local Boys & Girls Club in Washington, D.C. to do some community service.
Doing community service is something that the NBA really takes pride in and that showed this Monday afternoon when the Los Angeles Lakers and President Obama helped children prepare care packages for wounded veterans and toiletry kits for the homeless.
Along with spending time with kids at the local Boys & Girls Club, President Obama couldn’t resist the temptation to take a shot at Kobe Bryant by saying that Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose might have the five-time NBA champion’s number. In classic Kobe fashion, the Black Mamba replied by saying:
“If he call that number, I’ll be sure to pick up after the fifth ring,” said the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP.
It’s well known that President Obama is a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls and has been for quite some time, but he couldn’t say much after Kobe Bryant fired back with that line! The Bulls may have gotten the best of the Lakers just a few nights before, but those rings speak for themselves.
Unlike in years past when championship teams would go to the White House, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and President Obama took a much more laid back approach to this year’s visit as the team dressed in team track suits, the coaches wore sports jackets and the President went casual as he went on to say:
“There’s a long-standing tradition of welcoming championship sports teams to the White House, but, here’s the thing these guys have been there so often and they were just there last year because they won the title and Kobe and Derek have been there so many times now they can lead tours themselves and the same is true for coach Jackson, so I thought we’d change things up a little bit,” said President Obama. “That’s the beauty of service, anybody can do it. The Lakers have a proud tradition of performing community service in the L.A. community and I’m glad they took the time to help us during the holiday season here in Washington, D.C.”
So their second straight year of meeting with President Obama was a success and some valuable community service was done, but this might not be the last time they meet with the country’s leader as they could be on their way to their third consecutive NBA title.