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President Obama to honor the Lakers at Washington-area Boys and Girls Club

December 9, 2010 |  2:46 pm

If it were up to Lakers forward Ron Artest, the team wouldn't visit President Obama Monday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

"I really don't want to go," Artest said. "I want to give myself some more hunger. I'd rather not go and just wait until next year. But I'm going to go."

But as the Lakers could attest last season, their White House visit to honor their 2008-09 championship served as a moral boost during an eight-game trip. The Lakers aren't visiting the White House this time and instead will participate in a clinic for elementary school kids.

Those wondering if Obama, a basketball aficionado, will shoot hoops with the Lakers remains unclear. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher were present when Obama gathered current and former NBA players for a private game. But Obama recently had to get 12 stitches after being elbowed in a pickup game.

Even if it's unclear whether the Lakers will shoot hoops with the president, this kind of event could help infuse energy during their six-game trip, beginning Friday at Chicago.

-- Mark Medina

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