National Basketball Association players excited to work with Barack Obama at charity event

  • National Basketball Association players excited to work with Barack Obama at charity event

National Basketball Association players excited to work with Barack Obama at charity event

Williamson said his meeting with Obama was one of his top life experiences.

It was the first of multiple events for Obama during All-Star weekend: He's scheduled to host a conversation with several top National Basketball Association players on Saturday, and it's expected that he could appear at Sunday's All-Star Game as well. The event was for volunteers to fill several backpacks with school supplies, and that work predictably stopped when Obama walked into the room. Most of the players and children had no idea he would be attending. After Obama dapped up Charlotte's Miles Bridges, Bridges turned towards reporters and admitted that he had meant to ask for a photo but got too nervous. The students said they felt the same.

"I can't believe I just met him, I nearly cried", one student exclaimed.

"Being able to stand next to him, talk to him, he basically knew everything about my game and my season, for him to know all that, it's pretty cool", Young said.

As a result of their third straight W, the Pelicans improved to 23-31 on the season which puts them just 4.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies heading into the All Star break. "I've got a lot of respect for him, just knowing us, knowing our stats". He was just like a regular person - that's what was insane. "He was just talking to me like a regular person".

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Williamson is the first rookie since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77 to post a 30-point, five-rebound, five-assist game in fewer than 30 minutes. "He watches me all the time", Young said Obama told him.

Since making his debut on January 22nd, Williamson has now played in 10 career games, and he's scored at least 20 points in eight of those starts.

"He said I played great, and I kind of zoned out after that", Williamson said, still giddy. Williamson says the Mavs' guard is a walking triple-double and does anything it takes to win a game.