Monday was the annual NBA champions visit to the White House, with the standard speeches about coming together as a team and how that can inspire a nation — you know, the kind of things politicians from all political stripes say but rarely do — plus the presentation of a jersey.
But the best part was when LeBron James spoke, because he seemed genuinely nervous and unsure of what to do and say. And in the process, he calls President Barak Obama “coach.”
The president also thanked the Heat for visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, then went on to thank LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for their very public roles as fathers and the example that sets.
Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
MKG fouled as he curled off pick & hits the floor hard. Headed to locker room w/ trainer Steve Stricker after holding R shoulder. @hornets