The 2020 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat was a one-sided affair as the LeBron James-led Lakers toppled the Heat in a 116-98 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday (September 30).
And anytime when the Lakers play, stars show up and in this case as the basketball season resumed play in Walt Disney World Complex “bubble,” the attendance was virtual.
The virtual NBA courtside section featured 17 former champions to watch the finals opener, including Bill Walton, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal.
But none other was the featured virtual star: the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama.
However, it wasn’t just Obama’s presence that caught the attention of viewers, players, and social media.
When the camera panned to Obama, it wasn't clear if he was actually speaking to anyone in particular. Then, it was discovered that virtual fans sitting near one another can exchange pleasantries.
Here is what Obama had to say:
Among the virtual fans for Game 1 were 40 first-time poll workers, part of the NBA's efforts to connect fans with nonpartisan voting resources. Players began wearing warm-up shirts with the word "VOTE" before the conference finals and will continue wearing them for the remainder of the season.
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