NBA Commissioner David Stern's announcement on Monday that the first two weeks of the 2011-12 NBA season have been canceled broke the hearts of NBA fans throughout the nation, even President Barack Obama.
While attending a fundraiser on Tuesday with Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard, Obama revealed that he's "a little heartbroken" by the ongoing NBA lockout.
The president's feelings of distress should come as no surprise, considering that he's a big Chicago Bulls fan.
More than most teams, the Bulls -- and their First Fan -- were looking forward to getting this season underway. Led by 2010-11 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, the Bulls were dominant last season, winning a league-best 62 games to secure home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Chicago came up just short of reaching the NBA finals, losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in five games. With the team largely in tact, many in Chicago were hoping this would be the year that they would earn a trip to the White House.
Obama has made his passion for the game of basketball well-known during the first three years of his presidency. He has made his NCAA tournament picks on ESPN with Andy Katz. He has also done some play-by-play during a college basketball game on CBS, along with playing a birthday pick-up game with NBA stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.