The 44th president of the United States —and noted basketball fan — has arrived for the Toronto Raptors and .. Barack Obama walked through a back hallway of the Scotiabank Arena about half an hour before tip-off of the second game in the title series between the
The Raptors posted a video on Twitter of Obama's arrival:
Obama was also photographed alongside NBA Commisioner Adam Silver:
Other notable fans sitting courtside include singer Shawn Mendes and Drake, whofor his trolling of Golden States Warriors players. The rapper, who is a global ambassador for the Raptors, covered his Warriors-inspired tattoos with an armband and sported a Dell Curry Raptors jersey — a subtle dig at Dell's son, Stephen Curry.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who wore a T-shirt before the game with a message to encourage voting, said he wasn't aware of Obama's attendance until shortly before he arrived. The coach said Obama's presence made him think of the Warriors' first time visiting the White House after their championship in 2015.
Kerr told The Associated Press "that was quite a thrill to visit there and have the whole team there. It's a treat to experience that."
The Golden State Warriors are the defending NBA champions, having won inand . The team chose not to visit the White House following their last two championships. During a trip to Washington, D.C. in January, the team .