Lakers welcomed again by Obama

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Washington, DC – The Los Angeles Lakers made their second consecutive trip to the nation's capital on Monday, where President Barack Obama congratulated them for their NBA Championship won this past June.

After taking down the Orlando Magic in June, 2009, Los Angeles was honored by Obama at a White House ceremony in late January. This past season, the Lakers knocked off their historical rivals, the Boston Celtics, in a Game 7 to earn the franchise's 16th championship.

It was also the 11th in the storied career of head coach Phil Jackson, and the fifth for star guard Kobe Bryant.

Obama welcomed the repeat champions at the FBR Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, located in the southeast quadrant of the city.

"I want to congratulate everybody on the team, everybody who works for the organization, and all the fans who cheer them on year after year," Obama stated. "There is a long-standing tradition of welcoming championship sports teams to the White House, but these guys have been here so often. They were just here last year when they won the title."

For the second time in Jackson's tenure, the Lakers took home back-to-back NBA crowns, with the first occurrence being a three-year championship run from 1999-2002.

The Lakers (17-7) take on the Wizards on Tuesday at Verizon Center.


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