President Barack Obama’s passion for hoops is well documented. From playing birthday pickup games with NBA stars to filling out NCAA brackets on ESPN to suiting up for a practice with the North Carolina Tar Heels, the commander in chief has a soft spot for the hardwood.

But with the prospect of a cancelled NBA season become more likely by the day, Obama is in the same boat as the rest of the league’s fan base in lamenting the ongoing lockout and longing for a resolution.

Obama attended a fundraiser on Tuesday with Orlando Magic All-Star Dwight Howard and told reporters his feelings on the ongoing labor dispute one day after NBA commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the season.

From the Hill’s Blog Briefing Room:

“(I’m) a little heartbroken that the NBA season is getting delayed,” Obama said.

Obama said he discussed the lockout with Howard backstage and said he hopes to see the season get underway “soon.”

But even with Obama voicing a desire for resolution, no amount of Oval Office veto power looks like it will end the NBA lockout anytime soon.

(H/T Pro Basketball Talk)

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Mike Wise: Sound and fury of NBA lockout signifies nothing

Early Lead: NBA players use Twitter to deliver their ‘Let us play’ message as talks continue

Tracee Hamilton: Owners, players can’t solve issues fans wish they had