One of us! One of us!
1. On Monday, the San Antonio Spurs took a trip to the White House to celebrate their victory as the 2014 NBA Champions. The President, of course, was full of dad jokes.
2. The President opened his speech by simultaneously praising and dunking on his beloved Chicago Bulls.
“Look, I’ll admit it: I’m a Bulls fan. It’s never easy celebrating a non-Bulls team in the White House. That’s all I’ve been able to do.”
The Spurs are hard to dislike. First of all, they are old. And for an old guy, it makes me feel good to see, you know — where is Tim? You know, Tim’s got some gray. There’s a few others, you know, with little sprinkles around here. There’s a reason why the uniform is black and silver. So it makes me feel good to see that folks in advancing years can succeed in a young man’s sport.
5. Obama cooled it with the jokes soon enough, though Tony Parker kept his side-eye game going.
Obama not only praised the Spurs for turning their team trajectory around in the face of criticism, but recognized their outstanding success over the past decade. He also mentioned the team’s hiring of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, applauded the team for recognizing talent regardless of gender, and mentioned that one of his daughters is pretty talented on the court. More precisely, he called her a “baller.”