Team USA’s victory over Brazil on Monday helped produce an exciting scene at Verizon Center. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were part of a sellout crowd that witnessed a basketball event for the arena that arguably could’ve only been rivaled by the 2001 NBA All-Star game.
The energy was electric inside, and there were so many odd moments, with LeBron James getting cheered as he scored a game-high 30 points and the first couple smooching on Kiss Cam. Whitehouse.gov presented a behind-the-scenes look at the President’s night at the game, following him as he watched the men’s game and visited the men’s team and women’s team.
The U.S. men used the Wizards locker room, and it’s startling to watch Obama walking past stalls that were occupied by likes of Maurice Evans, Chris Singleton and Brian Cook just a few months ago – especially when those stalls were occupied by the likes of Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony and Anthony Davis.
Obama greeted James, who assumed John Wall’s stall, with a, “What’s up, champ?” He also cracked jokes on Davis as Kobe Bryant threatened to shave Davis’s unibrow. Obama quipped, “That’s trademarked.”
The Americans will take on Great Britain on Thursday in Manchester, England.