Celtics meet with (Bulls fan) President Obama

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Celtics meet with (Bulls fan) President Obama

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

BOSTON It's no secret that President Barack Obama is a huge NBA fan. And not surprisingly, the Chicago native's favorite team is the Bulls.

Still, that didn't phase the Celtics players in the least bit when they had a chance to meet the President earlier this week.

Mr. Obama met with the players and coaches prior to a Democratic Fund raising event at the Museum of Fine Arts.

"It was nice," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "It was a neat thing. Whenever you meet a President, that's always nice."

When asked what did he tell the President, Rivers quipped, "Not to root for Chicago all the time."

According to both Rivers and Ray Allen, Mr. Obama thanked them for the "gift" better known as Tom Thibodeau, the former Celtic assistant-turned-Chicago head coach, who has been instrumental in the Bulls' being right on the Celtics backside for the top spot in the East.

"He talked a lot about the Bulls, I will say that," Rivers said. "That was good."

So was one of the last questions asked by Mr. Obama to Rivers.

Do you need anything?

"When the President asks you that, you can say a lot of things," Rivers said. "I just told him I'd like to secure a date to seem him again in celebration of an NBA championship. That would be nice."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

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On this episode of "The Best of Boston Sports Tonight Podcast", Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Kayce Smith and Tom Giles break down the Celtics closing out the Bulls and preview the next round against Washington with Chris Mannix, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely. Also, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots two picks on Friday.

  • 0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss the Celtics defeating the Bulls 105-83, beating Chicago in 6 games to advance in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
  • 6:14 - Kyle Draper and Chris Mannix preview the upcoming series against the Washington Wizards and the bad blood between the two teams.
  • 10:19 - Mike Giardi and Phil Perry break down the Patriots first drafts picks, selecting DE Derek Rivers from Youngstown and OT Antonio Garcia from Troy in the 3rd round.
  • 15:45 - Hear what Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley had to say after the win. Also, A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the feeling in the Celtics locker room after the win.