Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Heat was a stellar affair – even if fans only appeared on virtual video cards.
Among those among the participants was former U.S. President Barack Obama, a superman basketball fan. And even if his Bulls team hasn’t been able to make it to the 2020 NBA playoffs, Obama is still here to watch (in spirit).
Obama also got seats in the “front row” and was placed between Shaquille O’Neal and James Worthy, who seemed quite happy with his virtual closeness to the former president:
In addition to O’Neal and Worthy, other Lakers legends in “presence” at Wednesday’s game were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pau Gasol. Although it’s hard to say, they’re likely to be happy with Wednesday’s result, a 116-98 win by LeBron James and LA.
Other participating fans include Robin Roberts, Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Isiah Thomas, Julius Erving, Manu Ginobili, Ray Allen, Robert Horry, Robert Parish, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce. While they might have preferred to be in person, virtual presence is the only way fans can attend the Finals – and it’s been all over the NBA bubble.