President Obama's Connection to the NBA as it Turns 65, 6-6-11
The NBA (National Basketball Association) will be reaching an historic milestone on June 6, 2011. The league that began as the BAA (Basketball Association of America) back on June 6, 1946 will be turning 65. It will be one of those signature-days in American sports history for the most-well known basketball league in the world. The NBA began as an 11-team league in 1946.
President Barack Obama a huge basketball fan in his own right has some unique numerical connections to the NBA as it fast-breaks to its 65th birthday.
President Obama was born August 4, 1961. Back in 1961 the NBA was celebrating its15th Anniversary. President John F. Kennedy was sworn in earlier that year (January 20, 1961) as the 35th President of the United States.
Obama on occasions has been compared to President Kennedy. 1961 was also the year the NBA had its first expansion franchise. The Chicago Packers became the 9th NBA franchise in 1961. The Packers changed their name after one year to the Chicago Zephyrs for the 1962-63 season. The team then moved to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Bullets (1963-73). The team then moved again down the road to Washington and became the Washington Bullets (1973-97). The team renamed itself the Washington Wizards (1997-present).
President Obama is the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The White House in Washington, DC. Obama began his political journey to become President of the United States in Chicago.
President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on the same day 48-years later as President Kennedy on January 20, 2009.
Jerry West the NBA legend wore the #44 as a player. The NBA logo was made in the image of West. President Obama and West share a connection with number 44.
President Obama has said that his child-hood idol was basketball superstar Julius "Dr. J" Erving. Dr. J wore the #6 as a player for 11-seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers (6/11) . June 6th was the day the NBA was founded.
President Obama earlier this year awarded NBA legend Bill Russell the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. Its the highest award any civilian can be given.
Bill Russell also wore the #6 and won an incredible 11 NBA Championships in 13-years with the Boston Celtics (6/11).
Obama wore the #23 in high school for his basketball team. The #23 was popularized by basketball icon Michael Jordan. LeBron James wore the #23 for the first 7-years of his career. He now wears the #6 like Dr. J and Bill Russell.
President Obama will be one of many basketball fans that will join in the celebration of 65th Anniversary of the NBA being founded. I wonder if the President will invite all 30 NBA teams to the White House for a 65th Anniversary party.