Barack Obama courtside to watch his Chicago Bulls face LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in first game of new NBA season
- LeBron James described it as a huge honour to play in front of president Obama
- Obama is a self-confessed huge fans of basketball and the Chicago Bulls
- Bulls prevailed 97-95 led by 19 points from Nikola Mirotic and 18 from Derrick Rose
- James played just over 28 minutes after fears over his back and scored 25 points for Cleveland
The National Basketball Association returned for another season on Tuesday, and the most influential man in America was at the opening game in Chicago.
So, too, was president Barack Obama.
The president took his courtside seat to watch LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face the Chicago Bulls in the first game of the season.
Barack Obama was courtside to watch the opening match of the 2015-16 NBA season in Chicago
The United States president was the special guest at Chicago’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers
Obama is a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls and was in attendance at the United Center on Tuesday
The American president takes his seat at courtside to watch the first match of the new NBA season
Obama is a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls and there was speculation that he would be present to see them face the reigning Eastern Conference champions.
James has met Obama in the past at the White House after his NBA championship victories with the Miami Heat.
James was an injury doubt for the opening game of the season, but he lined up for the Cavaliers in front of the president.
‘He loves the game of basketball,’ James said about Obama before the game on Tuesday.
‘It’s an honour for me to be a part of a venue and a spectacle that the president would like to come and watch. It’s an honour for sure.’
Nikola Mirotic scored 19 points and Derrick Rose added 18 to lead th Bulls to a 97-95 victory over the Cavaliers.
Obama arrives at the United Center to watch the Chicago Bulls play the Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James was in action for the Cleveland Cavaliers and, despite some injury concerns, scored 25 points
James goes up for a dunk during Cleveland’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday
James described it as an honour to be able to play in front of American president Obama
Pau Gasol blocked a potential tying lay-up by James in the closing seconds. Jimmy Butler then broke up an inbound pass intended for James as time expired.
The president sat courtside for most of the game as his beloved Bulls knocked off the defending Eastern Conference champions and gave coach Fred Hoiberg a narrow win in his first game.
James scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Cleveland, but the Cavaliers came up short against the team they knocked out in the conference semi-finals last season.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose drives to the rim for a lay-up during Chicago’s win on the opening night
Kevin Love attempts to lay the ball home for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first game of the 2015-16 NBA season
Rose attempts a pass as he comes under pressure from JR Smith from the Cleveland Cavaliers
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler hangs on the rim after a dunk during the second half at the United Center
Source: Daily Mail