President Obama to attend opening night game between Bulls, Cavaliers

It's no secret that Barack Obama is a huge sports fan.

Therese Flanagan

It’s no secret that President Obama is a huge basketball fan. And with opening night in the NBA upon us, it looks like he’ll be in attendance at the United Center when the Chicago Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As if the presence of all the Secret Service agents weren’t enough of an indication that the president would be on hand for the game, Cavs star LeBron James talked about what it means to play in front of the president, via the Northeast Media Group:

“Our league, I believe our league is the greatest league that we have in the world,” James said prior to the Cavaliers’ morning shootaround, in preparation for the season’s first game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. “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.”

Obama’s presence will make the atmosphere in the building even more electric, and it’s not particularly surprising. He’s known for hosting basketball games at the White House, and former NCAA men’s basketball champion Reggie Love was a member of Obama’s staff. And Obama famously represents Chicago, where he worked as a community organizer and taught constitutional law. With the NBA season tipping off in Chicago’s United Center, his attendance makes sense.

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