President Obama projecting a Lakers win in finals

President Barack Obama is projecting a Los Angeles Lakers win in

the NBA finals.

Obama told TNT in an interview that he’s been surprised by

Boston, but believes Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and coach Phil Jackson

would be too much for the Celtics.

“I’ve got to go with the Lakers again,” Obama said. “I think

Gasol may be the best big man in the league right now. He’s

different from Dwight Howard, but he’s (got) unbelievable footwork,

speed, savvy, he’s playing magnificently.

“Kobe is the fiercest competitor in the league and they’ve got

what I continue to believe is the best coach in the NBA right now

in Phil Jackson, so they’re going to be formidable and I think

it’ll be a tough series. Boston’s a veteran club, but the Lakers

are looking pretty good.”

In the interview that aired Tuesday before Game 4 of the Western

Conference finals, Obama also praised the Suns for taking a stand

against Arizona’s immigration law, said it’d be great if Washington

got John Wall with the No. 1 pick, and that ticket prices would be

his biggest concern if he was NBA commissioner for a day.

“I mean, I think that ticket prices have gotten so high, and I

understand that salaries are high, ticket prices are going to be

high, but you know, you hate to think that the only person that can

go to a game is somebody who’s got a corporate account,” Obama

said. “And that’s something that I’d love all professional sports,

that’s not just NBA, but all professional sports to be thinking

about that a little more.”

The interview was conducted by broadcaster Marv Albert on the

White House basketball court. It is available on and is

also being shown on NBA TV.