Barack Obama appeared as virtual fan in Game 1 of NBA Finals

Game 1 of the NBA Finals concerning the Lakers and Heat was a star-studded affair — even if fans only appeared on digital video clip boards.

Between the who’s who of attendees was former U.S. president Barack Obama, a noted basketball superfan. And even though his Bulls team was unable to make the 2020 NBA playoffs, Obama nonetheless showed up to enjoy (in spirit).

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Obama even acquired “front row” seats and was placed concerning Shaquille O’Neal and James Deserving, the latter of whom appeared very happy with his digital proximity to the former president:

Apart from O’Neal and Deserving, other Lakers legends in “attendance” at Wednesday’s recreation have been Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pau Gasol. While it’s challenging to inform, it’s possible they have been satisfied with Wednesday’s end result, a 116-ninety eight blowout by LeBron James and LA.

Other fans in attendance provided 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. Even though they possible would have preferred to be there in particular person, digital attendance is the only way fans can attend the Finals — and has been for the entirety of the NBA bubble.