The San Antonio Express-News reports that President Obama will host the 2014 NBA Champions, San Antonio’s beloved Spurs, on Monday, Jan. 12, at the White House. The President, who has kept up a presidential tradition of welcoming champion sports teams to the White House, is known to be a sports’ fan, and an avid basketball aficionado. In a mid-December interview on ESPN Radio’s The Herd With Colin Cowherd, the President even singled out the Spurs as a team to admire for how they interacted with each other, and the community at large.
In June last year, the Spurs’ head coach, Gregg Popovich, had received a congratulatory call from the Obama after the Spurs beat the Miami Heat to take the crown. According to a White House press release at the time, the President had called Popovich “one of the nation’s finest coaches and a role model for young men across the country,” and said he was looking forward to hosting the team at the White House.
The Spurs, five-time Championship winners, have previously made the trip to the White House, to be feted by former President George W. Bush.