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. Bryan

    And I've gotten it right 4 of the last 5.

    June 2, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Alan

    and this is worth ink why?

    June 2, 2009 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. John K.

    Thank you, President Obama, for sticking to the important issues. North Korea exploding nuclear bombs, the Islamic Republic of Iran on the verge of being able to do the same, and two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not to mention nearly two million jobs lost since you ascended to the presidency in January. I'd say the NBA Finals are right up there. Thank you, sir.

    June 2, 2009 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  4. marcus

    orlando in 6... the same knuckleheads picking LA, are the same ones who said the Celtics would beat Orlando... then, they said the Cavs would beat Orlando... they're just gutless... Orlando will be impossible for LA to defend against, and Gasol is NOT going to do well against Dwight Howard...

    June 2, 2009 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. MIchael

    Obama in 8, I think.

    June 2, 2009 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. peter

    Oh! No, Mr. president "Big Otown and destiny world" will prevail in six.

    June 2, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  7. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    We don't need or want to hear Obama's opinion on everything. He is completely obsessed with staying in the public eye at all times.

    Very disturbing.

    June 2, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. bs

    why dont he spend more time trying help the country than himself i guess the only good thing about him picking the lakers is he has not done anything else right so im sure he will mess this up like he has our country

    June 3, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  9. Hope

    Orlando in 4 Mr President, we love you but you are wrong. I love LA but that team called Orlando is on fire.

    June 3, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  10. Carey

    When George Bush wants to get confrontational, weapons are used, people die.

    When Obama decided to get confrontational, the worst that happens is he's wrong in his assumption.

    June 3, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  11. Tim in Kansas City

    I really like Obama, but can't stand the Lakers. What's an Obama supporter to do with decisions like these??

    June 3, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. Gilbert

    This is the first time that I hope that Pres. Obama is wrong!! Go MAGIC.

    June 3, 2009 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  13. Who Cares?

    Less time on the NBA and more time on the Middle East please.

    June 3, 2009 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  14. K.

    What is the margin of error for President Obama's prediction?

    June 3, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  15. Jean

    Governor Palin Statement on William Long

    "The stories of two very different lives with similar fates crossed through the media's hands yesterday – both equally important but one lacked the proper attention. The death of 67-year old George Tiller was unacceptable, but equally disgusting was another death that police believe was politically and religiously motivated as well.

    William Long died yesterday. The 23-year old Army Recruiter was gunned down by a fanatic; another fellow soldier was wounded in the ambush. The soldiers had just completed their basic training and were talking to potential recruits, just as my son, Track, once did.

    Whatever titles we give these murderers, both deserve our attention. Violence like that is no way to solve a political dispute nor a religious one. And the fanatics on all sides do great disservice when they confuse dissention with rage and death."

    Governor Sarah Palin

    June 3, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. Patti

    Wow, I am glad that our president has such important things to deal with!

    June 3, 2009 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  17. just truth

    I could really care less. doesn't he have a country to run?

    June 3, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  18. James

    I think he predicted correct.

    June 3, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  19. Matt

    How in the world can this be considered a "big prediction". I'm so sick of CNN trying to make stories out of nothing. The 24 hour news networks will be the catalyst for the downfall of civilization.

    June 3, 2009 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  20. cq

    That's my kind of President.

    June 3, 2009 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  21. Kevin

    I'm a huge Obama supporter, but it is questions like these asked by modern-day "journalists" that worry me about the future of journalism. You get to ask a question to the most powerful man in the world, and you question him on SPORTS?!?!

    June 3, 2009 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  22. fencer

    Has Obama did anything useful beside talk?

    June 3, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  23. R.M.

    Come Pres. give the magic a fighting chance i mean they did knock off the defending champs in 7 games on their home turf they did knock off the Cavs in 6 what more do u expect from these guys what happend to the lebron kobe commercials is that even valid anymore but Obama come on I know the lakes show is tough but i have to go with the Magic in 6 on this one its Supermans time to shine give that man props he did help bring the Magic to the finals, i think with Turkoglu, Lewis, and Howard on the Magic get ready Lakers it may be another disappointing finals without the ring give it up Kobe ya already got some rings let Dwight shine for a second, geez.

    June 3, 2009 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  24. abmedley

    That may be right, however Magic did beat, "the monster", Mr.James which was an eye opener!

    June 3, 2009 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
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