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Barack Obama predicts the Lakers will win the 2010 NBA Finals

May 26, 2010 | 10:48 am


Take comfort, Lakers fans, that  President  Obama predicts the team will win the 2010 NBA Finals.

Or, on the other hand,  wonder if the commander in chief would've changed his selection had he been asked after the Lakers' 115-106 Game 4 loss Tuesday to the Phoenix Suns.

"I've got to go with the Lakers again," Obama told TNT's Marv Albert in an interview broadcast Tuesday during the Lakers-Suns game. "I think [Pau] Gasol may be the best big man in the league right now. He's different from Dwight Howard, but he's [got] unbelievable footwork, speed, savvy, he's playing magnificently. Kobe [Bryant] is the fiercest competitor in the league and they've got what I continue to believe is the best coach in the NBA right now in Phil Jackson, so they're going to be formidable and I think it'll be a tough series. Boston's a veteran club, but the Lakers are looking pretty good."

Of course, now that the Suns tied the Western Conference Finals at 2-2, the Lakers surely aren't looking ahead to a matchup with Boston. For those wanting to say I'm partly responsible for saying I immediately shifted focus to a Celtics-Lakers series, well, some on the team also admitted it felt the same way. Pat yourself on the back, however, because 35% of readers of the L.A. Times Lakers blog said they're just enjoying the playoff run as it happens in real time.

Regarding Obama -- he's no stranger to making basketball predictions. He correctly thought North Carolina would win the 2009 NCAA championship, but wrongfully tabbed Kansas to win the 2010 title. Though he had a poor overall record in assessing the women's pool this season, he correctly selected Connecticut to win the tournament this season.

So what to make of it? Well, consider this. Obama hosted the Huskies women's basketball team to honor their 2009 championship, and UConn followed with a repeat. Obama hosted the Lakers this February to commemorate their 2009 title, and the short history suggests the Lakers could follow the same formula.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: President Obama predicted in a TNT interview with Marv Albert that the Lakers will win the 2010 championship. Credit: Pablo Martinez / Associated Press.