June 2nd, 2009
10:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama's NBA prediction

Obama picked Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to beat Orlando in six games.
Obama picked Kobe Bryant and the Lakers to beat Orlando in six games.

(CNN) – As he departed the White House Tuesday evening for his five day trip to the Middle East and Europe, President Barack Obama made a quick prediction:

“Lakers in six, I think," the president said when asked by a reporter for Bloomberg News who he thought would prevail in the NBA finals - beginning Thursday and pitting the Los Angeles Lakers against the Orlando Magic.

Fans of both teams can take heart. The president correctly predicted the NCAA Basketball champion in March (The University of North Carolina), but falsely predicted the Lakers would win the NBA finals last year, also in six games. (Instead, it was the Boston Celtics who won in six.)


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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. jeff

    lets see if cnn will post here cnn is the worst when it comes to telling the truth and only prints pro obama comments

    June 2, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Liz, HI

    I don't care about his predictions, he's still doing a great job as president.

    Have a safe trip Mr. President and come back soon.

    Obama 2012

    June 2, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. Jimmy the Greek

    Here's my prediction:

    Netanyahu orders strike against Iranian Nuclear facility. Obama stammers – unable to make a coherent decision who to support thus showing he IS the proverbial 90lb weakling.

    This will happen within the next 4 months.

    June 2, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Enough

    This isn't news!! I am sure there are more important issues in the world than this and Obamas big date. Glamorous and fun stories for Obama. All the while keep on Bush/Cheney bashing articles, if you can call them that. Come on CNN, time to get over it, you won.

    June 2, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. stormerF

    Where is the Reporting on the corruption in ACORN? Where is the reporting about Obama suspending off shore drilling,when he keeps shouting he wants off foreign oil? Where is the reporting about Obama's approval for Iran to have Nuclear Energy,but stops America's continued development of Nuclear Power?..Who the frickin hell cares about Round ball predictions,,,We have real problems facing US,and we need some one to report the news,and quit sucking up to a stupid PEBO.

    June 2, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. Shirley In California Now On The Fence Re Obama

    Who cares? How about some job predictions Obama!

    June 2, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Cynthia - Arkansas

    He loves his basketball! Finally, a President who is not afraid to be himself.

    God speed! We will be praying for your safe return.

    June 2, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Will Obama gives us a toilet paper pick and can you CNN post it! He's so great, he's smart, he's cool.

    June 2, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. arithmetic is liberal

    Hoh, boy. It's Laker time in LA again. Time to batton down the hatches...

    June 2, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    7 ft men slamming a ball into a 12 ft hoop.....I fail to see the fascination.

    June 2, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. TjayeInLA

    Okay, what more evidence do we need? The man is CLEARLY a GENIUS!!

    Who doesn't know its going to be Lakers???

    LAAAA KERRRRZZZ!!!!

    June 2, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. If L. James and Cavs are out, who is watching?

    nothing to pay attention to now, all the excitement is gone

    June 2, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    Now that Obama is President with the CIA and Secret Service to back him up the Orlando Magic Coach might want to lose or he could become a FOB (Friend of Barack). (HA!)

    June 2, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. ChicagoGOP

    If President Obama's prediction is as accurate as his prediction that bailout money would prevent a GM bankruptcy, I'll put my money on the Magic!

    June 2, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  15. RealityKing

    Of course, this is the same clown that said he sees the light at the end of the economic tunnel..., just before 1.2 million more Americans were laid off. Any bets on this weeks numbers??

    If it drops below 600,000 watch for the cheer progressive state run media, over 610,000, watch for it to disappear from their radar..., again.

    June 2, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Who cares...?????

    What's really important is that Obama is selling out Israel. All Jews that voted for Obama will rue the day.

    June 2, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Tarheel

    It kills me that I disagree with Obama on everything OTHER THAN sports it seems. I bleed Carolina blue when it comes to NCAA Basketball and I've been a huge Laker fan since the James Worthy days. Oh well, I guess on the Tarheels and Lakers we at least see eye to eye.

    June 2, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  18. bsmith171

    can OBAMA read?
    Axelrod told him to say this and put it on his teleprompter.

    June 2, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  19. Jerry

    I figure he has bigger fish to fry than worrying about basketball, but then that's just my opinion, and I could be wrong.

    June 2, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. the rector

    Is this a joke? GM is going down and taking us with it wall st is sucking the life out of our country, and obama is cheering them on and paying their bills with our money and cnn has the audacity to run this story. The time has come to demand that this man keep his promise of change or show him the door. Bush was the last straw, and from here on we the people need to send a clear message to all politicians that enough is enough. And no he doesnt deserve any more time than he has already had because he is screwing things up even more than they already were. No body thought for a minute that cash infusions would help restore GM to profitability, ibn fact the polls showed the taxpayers wanted to let them go quietly into that good night, but no obama knew better and now we are out billions more. Thanks big guy I knew we could trust you. Take the country back before it gets sold out from under us.

    June 2, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    Hey! I am a righty and I agree with the lefty! What's up with that?? Now, I 'm scared!

    June 2, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. voter

    I love the President, but I hope the Lakers lose. I can't stand Kobe.

    June 2, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. No To Obama

    Obama you got better things to do besides waste my taxpayer money on trips to NYC or predict the NBA winner or play up to your muslim brothers. Obama, the American people know that you are selling out the USA to your muslim nation and that you are taking the same steps as the anti-christ so it is time that you change your ways. We see thru your smoke screen.

    June 2, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  24. Jason

    Just what we need...a Prez that worries more about who is going to win a sports game rather than worrying about what his real job is suppose to be...and that is taking care of this great nation. Hey Prez lets at least worry about getting this economy back on track then you can worry about who is going to win the NBA Finals. You are STUPID just to let you know!!!!!!! Go get a another job and let someone else the job you are suppose to be doing and this great nation will be much better off!!!

    June 2, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. thebogsideartists

    Obama,
    So poised and confident and as much at peace with himself as a Walrus and now, staying hip, with the culture that brought him forth. It is not how many books one reads but how well one reads them. And with all that polished panache, when he stuffs up, as surely he must, he will look like Ford impersonating Bush at his worst.

    June 2, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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