Before he was President of the United States, Barack Obama would draw certain analogies to the NBA, and the one player he used to pick on was Mavs guard Jason Kidd. Seems the President was aware of the fact that J Kidd didn't have a great jumper.
So it was no surprise that when the Mavs visited the White House today for their 2011 NBA championship ceremony it was Obama who picked out Kidd to pick on.
"People said Jason Kidd was too old," Obama said in reading a prepared speech before a select audience at the White House today with the members of the team behind him. "This is the first time I've been with World Champions who are my contemporaries."
That line drew a laugh. Kidd is 38. Obama is 50. Each has aged well.
Whoever prepared Obama's speech did their homework. He hit the high points, and some specifics including Jason Terry's Larry O'Brien tatoo and DeShawn Stevenson being "too crazy."
Obama is a big basketball fan, and is known to follow the college and pro game.
"I told (the Mavs), 'It's too bad next year it will be the Chicago Bulls up here,'" Obama said.
Dirk Nowitzki handed Obama a Mavs jersey with the No. 23.
"I was 23 before Jordan," said Obama, who played high school basketball. "He got the number from me."
"He stole it," Dirk said.
When the speech was done, Obama shook hands with every member and seemed to exchange the most words with Kidd.
After all, they have a lot in common, from 4 o'clock dinners to shuffle board tournaments.
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