It’s not often that you see the President and the King in the same place, but that’s going to happen tonight when the Chicago Bulls tip off the NBA season when they host the Cleveland Cavaliers according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. I guess that’s why call it the United Center.
The King is, of course, LeBron James, whom the Bulls have been trying and failing to depose for the last six years to no avail. James ahs sent them on four fishing expeditions in that frame, ousting them from the playoffs. And the last time the Bulls opened the season against the Cyborg Monarch, they didn’t do so well. On October, 29, 2013 the Bulls traveled to Miami to face the defending champion Heat and got throttled, 107-95 in a game that got closer in garbage time.
The Bulls will be hoping that they can get some help from their most prestigious fan, though, as tonight’s attendants will reportedly include the President of the United States, Barack Obama. While it’s unlikely the Secret Service will be allowed to do anything to aid the Bulls in their effort, the Commander in Chief’s presence may give them a little extra motivation, particularly former MVP Derrick Rose.
Hopefully, the Secret Service won’t be detaining the Windy City Assassin.
Obama has long been on record as being a big fan of Rose and Rose has been known to support Obama. During a fundraiser April, they endorsed one another, per a report from Bulls.com.
“I want to pay tribute to a friend who has recently taken over this town,” said Obama of Rose. “He’s become the most powerful man in Chicago. Unbelievable energy, sharp elbows; but has brought Chicago a new sense of hope about our future.”
President Obama sported a Bulls hat at one point and joined in on the chants of “MVP, MVP” for Rose, considered a front-runner for the award.
“We’re kind of sad that Obama is doing everything right now, because we need a starting 2-guard for the playoffs,” joked Rose as he spoke to the crowd. “We’ll have to deal with it.”
With Obama in attendance in tonight’s game, it being the season opener, and it coming against the Bulls’ most hated rival, it should only add to the excitement.