“It was fun. [Obama’s] got the weirdest jump shot release but today he showed off,” the all-star point guard said. “He showed off today. He hit two game-winners so he showed off a little bit today.”
The five players were separated to captain five teams of children. But Wall was the only player shooting — his teammates were only retrieving rebounds and helping the children on their squad shot. Obama then joined Wall’s team and they won two straight games before the other Wizards began shooting. But Obama and Wall won the last game to finish with three straight victories anyway and Obama added some boasted after his late-game heroics.
“He trash-talked Paul when he hit the game-winner,” Wall said. “He was like, ‘I’m clutch, I’m clutch.’ ”
Pierce is considered one of best trash-talkers in NBA history but all he could do Monday morning was fist-bump the President. Later on, Pierce didn’t participate in Wizards practice. The team said he was under the weather.
The Wizards have become frequent White House guests. Three players, including Wall, attended the 2013 Egg Roll and several players bowled at the White House bowling alley last month. Among the other guests Monday were talk show hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and a few Dr. Seuss characters.
“It was fun,” Wall said. “It was great to be around some WNBA players and a tennis player and having a lot of my teammates around and a lot of young kids that are willing to learn and have fun and enjoy that exciting day. It was a good opportunity.”