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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

OFFSEASON

Northeastern's Walker, Ford sign with NBA teams after going undrafted

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Northeastern's Walker, Ford sign with NBA teams after going undrafted

The NBA will have more of a Northeastern flavor this season.

The Huskies' star guard David Walker is joining the Miami Heat for the NBA's summer league in Orlando and Las Vegas, according to Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer.

Walker averaged 17.9 points and 4.0 assists per game as a senior at Northeastern.

Quincy Ford is heading to the Utah Jazz with a partially guaranteed three-year contract after averaging 16.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game as a senior. That deal was first reported by The Vertical's Shams Charania.