LeBron James: Playing in front of Obama Tuesday ‘an honor’
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls will tip-off their 2015-16 NBA seasons on Tuesday night at United Center. And there will be one extra special and esteemed guest in the crowd to take in the tilt: President Barack Obama … although the White House has not yet confirmed he’ll be in attendance.
The President of course is a big-time fan of Chicago sports — not to mention a huge NBA backer — so it makes sense that if he were to attend a game it would involve his beloved Bulls and a team featuring arguably the best basketball player on the planet, LeBron James.
The Cavaliers superstar acknowledged during the team’s morning shootaround Tuesday how much the President’s presence will be felt on Tuesday night, saying it will be “an honor” to play in front of him.
“Our league, I believe our league is the greatest league that we have in the world,” he said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Varndon. “We have the greatest athletes and greatest fans and so on and so on. So (for) the president of the United States to grace us on opening night in Chicago, I’m just honored, something I can tell my kids a long, long time from now.
“I’ll actually be able to have the film showing them, kids don’t believe me sometimes, I’ll be able to show them the film that the president of the United States was at a ball game I played in. That’s pretty cool.”
James has played in front of some pretty high-profile fans throughout his career, perhaps most notably last season when he had the pleasure of actually meeting Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and the woman formerly known as Kate Middleton, after a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
James was criticized for putting his arm around Duchess Kate during their meet-and-greet but was later absolved by Buckingham Palace for his supposed breach of protocol. With that in mind, odds are slim a national incident would play out should King James give the President a high-five or something during the game … he probably should just make sure to clear it with the Secret Service beforehand.