Olympic Bound Hoops At Verizon Center: Kiss Cam Style

Interesting and informing White House pool reports on last evening's Brazil v US basketball game at Verizon Center where First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama made the traditional, now globally famous, Kiss Cam.

But before the Kiss Cam, some interesting highlights on the evening from Houston Chronicle poolers Elizabeth Traynor and Chuck Lewis. 

The two, with an eye on the details, write:

POTUS arrived on the Verizon Center court at 8:06 p.m., greeted with loud cheers from crowd, "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen played.

He was joined by Vice President Joe Biden and former White House aide Reggie Love.

We also found out that the Wizards' dunk men, grown men who leap through the air dunking basketballs, last evening with President Obama present, called themselves G-Man and the Secret Service Dunkers.

The Kiss Cam (usually a Wizards and Mystic game fan favorite) scans the audience for the cutest couples (or not), then places them front and center on the jumbo video screen in hopes the pair will kiss in front of the thousands of fans who will either cheer, (or not).

Last evening, the First Couple got a little of both.  Here they are, the president kissing his girl for life, First Lady Michelle; and the crowd goes wild. 

(See the opposite reaction here).

And when there wasn't kissing and dunking going on, there was actually basketball being played.
The US Mens basketball team defeated Brazil, who lead by eight points at the end of the second quarter, 80-69. 

"I don't think it will be close in the second half", was President Obama's prediction given during an interview with ESPN.

The US women's team also won over their opponent, 99-67, giving both teams confidence as they journey next to compete in the 2012 Olympic games.  Both teams garnering some praise from the Commander-in-Chief.

On the Women's team, the president said,  "They're going to be as dominant, if not more dominant, I think in the Olympics. And wonderful young women; they're great role models for my daughter. And I had a chance to say hello to them before this game started."

Both teams have been in Washington for training since July 13. The men's national team was coached by Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, assisted by Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, former New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni and former Portland Trail Blazers head coach and NBA standout Nate McMillan. The roster includes such NBA all-stars as Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, the Miami Heat's LeBron James, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant and the New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony.

UConn head coach Geno Auriemma leads the women's national team, assisted by DePaul University head coach Doug Bruno, Washington Mystics head coach Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream head coach Marynell Meadors. Its roster includes six gold medalists from the 2008 Olympics, Tamika Catchings, the current WNBA most valuable player, and Maya Moore, the reigning WNBA rookie of the year.

The women's national team defeated China 100-62 in an exhibition game May 12. The U.S. is the defending Olympic champion, going 8-0 record in the 2008 Olympics.

The men's national team defeated the Dominican Republic 113-59 in an exhibition game July 12.
The U.S. is the defending Olympic champion.

"One thing I'm happy about is to see how hard everybody is playing. You really get a sense of how proud they are to represent the United States and I think they're going to conduct themselves really well in London", said President Obama.

In case you missed the Presidential kiss... here it is again.  (Although the guy sitting behind them with no reaction on his face, at all,  is just creepy looking.)