Lakers Visit The White House

President Honors 2009 World Champions

What a day as the Lakers were honored at the White House by President Obama.

The president recognized the World Champions also for the team's contributions to the Haiti relief efforts, and also recognized Kobe Bryant for being the youngest player to have scored 25,000 points.

Kobe with President Obama, Khloe Kardashian-Odom shakes president's hand, Kobe's wife, Vanessa Bryant, snaps a pic; President poses with Lakers.

"I've got to recognize Kobe Bryant -– one of the most competitive players I've ever seen for being named Finals MVP last year, obviously already MVPs under his belt, the youngest player ever to reach 25,000 points in his career. And he's playing with a broken finger. Now, if I was -- if I had a broken finger I would have trouble getting out of bed. And he's still leading the team day in and day out."
"This is a team that never lost its focus last season -– from the first tip-off to the final buzzer. I know that the Lakers have a tradition of ending each team gathering -– whether it's a practice, or a game, or a team meeting -– by with the chant, "1,2,3, Rings." As Lamar Odom said, "We kind of always saw that light." Everyone was willing to do what it took to get a little stronger, to play a little harder, and to bring home that title."
The president received his official Laker jersey, as well as the official autographed Laker NBA basketball.

NBA wives Khloe Kardashian-Odom and Vanessa Bryant were in tow, as was former Laker, Earvin 'Magic' Johnson.

The Lakers face the Wizards Tuesday night at the Verizon Center at 7pm.

It's gotta be real tough to know that the President was honoring another NBA team in your city, even as your team is going through all this M-E-S-S.

The President will call the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team on Tuesday to thank them for raising over $1 million to help the relief efforts in Haiti through “Hoops for Haiti.” In our area, Georgetown basketball also participated in the H4H effort.

**Update** Bryant Becomes Lakers' All-Time Highest Scorer


I just wanted to say great job Kentucky on coming up with that fundraising idea! Haiti could really use every dollar that was raised. Recovering from a catastrophic event like the earthquake will take several months, if not years.