June 10th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama switches prediction: now says it'll be Celtics in six

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/10/art.bball.gi.jpg caption=" Obama rooting for the Celtics."]

(CNN) – Presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama back-tracked on one campaign trail prediction Tuesday, switching his pick in this year’s NBA Finals.

“I tell you what, I thought the Lakers were the better team,” he told NPR’s All Things Considered, according to a transcript of an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night. “But the Celtics have been tough. I might have to revise my prediction here. I assumed Lakers in six. I don’t think that’s realistic now at this point…It does not look like it. It may be Celtics in six.”

The Celtics are leading the Lakers 2-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

The Illinois senator said that even though he had lived in Boston for several years as a student at Harvard Law School, “the truth is that I’ve got no dog in this hunt.”

“I’m a Bulls fan. We’ve gone through a drought for quite some time now. But we got the number-one draft pick, so our games may get a little bit better.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Country first party second


    June 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Flip Flop.

    June 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. antoine

    RB ...get it together .... first of all...know what...you probably voted for Bush....dummy

    June 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. California Voter

    who cares!

    June 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Cheryl L. Swaim

    I'm sure Jack Cafferty and the rest of the news people will make his prediction come true. They're really good at shaping things.

    June 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. sophia nyc

    What happened to the Lakers this season. Sunday they woke up after being 23 points behind! Only to lose by a few points.

    I predict the Lakers will win tonight.

    June 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. David

    He is not real change; he is a real politician. Quiting his church after twenty years when the timing was right for running, wearing a flag pin now that the timing is right for running, switching his views on issues and sports events when the timing is right for running. He makes me sick

    June 10, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Greg Turner

    Mr Senator. Kobe Bryant is the best player in the world and the lakers will win in 7. You still get my vote though..Lower Merion is the best

    June 10, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Reggie TX

    RB, my fellow Texan, he doesn't flip flop as bad as John McCain. Looks like the Maverick has turned into the rubber stamp. Goodness, I hope for the sake of America that Obama wipes the floor with McCain.

    OBAMA '08

    June 10, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. R in NC

    RD TX, are you serious? Its basketball.

    Obama 08.

    June 10, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Running out of things to report are we?

    June 10, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Kenneth

    to RB in TX :
    you better watch out McCain will veto your beer
    Go the mighty O

    June 10, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Jon

    Flip Flop in 7!

    Scully/Hefley '08

    June 10, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. Debbie Maha

    Flipflop? The real Obama ,please stand up"

    June 10, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Anne

    Come on, it's just sports...when people use something as little as this to say something negative about Obama you lose a lot of your credibility as being a rational person.

    June 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Dunces

    "The Truth" and "RB TX", you're pathetic.

    June 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Yes, I still support HRC...

    Wow... this sure is news... Where would I be without this kind of hard hitting reporting from CNN. Let's write some articles about truth and substance... How about using your investigative reporters to dig up some history on your golden boy. Brilliant piece...

    June 10, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. ed

    Rb Tx, there's no politician that has changed his opinion on issues more than John Mccain. He used to be in support of Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants, now he's not. He used to be pro-choice, now he's pro-life. He used to be one of the most vocal politicians against any form of prisoner torture. Now, he thinks bush is right and waterboarding isn't torture. So, please tell us – what issues has barack changed his opinion on?

    June 10, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. deadlowtides

    The entire sports community thought the Lakers were going to take it, but they just ain't showing heart. ANY BASKETBALL FAN KNOWS THIS. We have all flip flopped, the Lakers have let us down!

    OBAMA 08

    June 10, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Emma

    Barack Obama, you are dead to me.

    June 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Angelino, CA

    Sen. Obama, do you know how many crazy Laker fans we have out here? Look what happened to Jiuliani after he said he was rooting for the Red Sox. People are now going like "who is he?"

    You Democratic leaders, don't you ever take us California voters for granted! Just remember, we have enough Laker fans to tip this state from blue to red.....

    June 10, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Michelle

    Maybe he should become a sportscaster. He has a baritone voice and interest in sports.

    He is better suited for that occupation than the presidency.

    June 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Mike

    Obama says "I’ve got no dog in this hunt". And CNN's image caption? "Obama rooting for the Celtics".

    June 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. LJ

    Democrats will flood the polls in November. If you think we turned out in record numbers for the primaries, just wait until November. McCain don't have a chance!!!

    June 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Jan

    He thinks he cute–he really is some nerd trying to be cool to impress the people who put him in..what fools they are, the youth voters.

    June 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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