Well, sort of.
Obama appeared as a virtual fan during the first quarter of Game 1 of the Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, shown on a screen of virtual fans alongside Lakers legend-turned-broadcaster Shaquille O’Neal.
It wasn’t clear whether or not Obama was aware that he had the spotlight on him at the moment, as he appeared to be speaking directly to the camera.
Shaquille O’Neal. James Worthy. Pau Gasol.
President Obama surrounded by Lakers Royalty. pic.twitter.com/NfENt8VwJe
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 1, 2020
On Twitter, fans and former players alike seemed to enjoy Obama dropping in on the game.
Watching the #NBAFinals in good company!!! Let’s go @Lakers!! @manuginobili @BarackObama @kaj33 @paulpierce34 @RKHorry @DwyaneWade @1MrBigShot @SHAQ @BillWalton @swish41 @JamesWorthy42 pic.twitter.com/7hN4Gcsx8p
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) October 1, 2020
The president’s running point. I’m open @BarackObama 🏀 https://t.co/glJ5VkIkNI
— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) October 1, 2020
Imagine airballing a three and you look up to see Obama looking at you like this https://t.co/fWFWwlByYU pic.twitter.com/XLKV0ck9an
— 𝑪𝒐𝒏𝒆 🌩 (@Three_Cone) October 1, 2020
JR Smith trying to figure out how Obama snuck into the NBA Bubble pic.twitter.com/WTmH2eEC67
— MARK🦅💚 (0-2-1)this team is so bad (@MARKMVPSZN) October 1, 2020
Obama has shown his love of basketball throughout the years of his presidency and post-presidency. He was notably present at the Duke-North Carolina game during which then-freshman superstar Zion Williamson turned his ankle.
While he couldn’t make it to the game in person on Wednesday night, sitting in as a virtual fan is the next best thing.
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