John Wall, Bradley Beal talk about playing hoops with President Obama
Like the Wizards at times this season, President Obama couldn't buy a jump shot.
In fact, he missed about 13 shots in a row before finally making one as four Wizards –- shooting guard Bradley Beal, point guard John Wall, power forward Nene and center Emeka Okafor –- watched in somewhat disbelief. They attended an Easter Egg Roll at the White House on Monday morning.
Obama was supposed to be a high school basketball player after all at Punahou School in Hawaii, right?
“People got nervous at the moment,” Nene said as the President kept missing. “The message is never quit. He made the last shot. It took a while, but he made the last shot.”
Beal blushed when talking about it.
“He missed a lot in a row. We told him to move in a little bit. He missed a lay up. It got out of control," Beal said.
"He was in slacks and he had a collared shirt on. He’s got a few excuses he can use. It was my first time ever going over there. …. That’s a tremendous thing. Not a lot of people have that honor.”
Shooting is Beal’s strength. He returned from an ankle injury Sunday that had kept him out five games to lead the Wizards with 24 points and made 6 of 9 three-pointers in a win vs. the Toronto Raptors.
He shook hands with the President and the players took pictures with First Lady Michelle Obama. But Beal, 19, who is making $4.1 million on a scale contract, had the urge to offer other advice despite the President's struggles with his stroke.
“I was about to offer some political tips,” he said with a smile. “Lower some taxes.
"It was great besides the fact of meeting the President and First Lady. It was terrific even though the President didn't make as many shots as everybody else did. I didn't get to see the Oval Office. I was kind of upset about that."
Wall said he asked the President about finally coming to see him play with the Wizards (27-46) in his third season. While they have the most wins since 2007-08, they’re not in the playoff picture. They play President Obama’s favorite team, the Chicago Bulls, at home Tuesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).
“I asked him about that again and he said he’ll let me know,” Wall said. “I’m still waiting for that. I think we have to make the playoffs again. He might pop up because it’s the Bulls tomorrow, you never know.”