Tim Duncan and the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs visited the White House on Monday (January 12) for a post-title meet and greet with President Barack Obama.
During the event, Obama praised the Spurs and commended the team as a “great metaphor for what America should be all about.”
“Let’s face it, just a little while back, people were saying that the Spurs were past their prime, not just old but kind of boring,” Obama said, according to The Hill. “Now they’re fresh and exciting, which is basically the exact opposite of what happens to presidents.”
“For an old guy, it makes me feel good to see, you know, where’s Tim?” he added, looking around the for the 38-year old star. “It makes me feel good to see that folks in advancing years can succeed in a young man’s sport.”
Obama also alluded to the team hiring the first ever full-time paid female assistance on an NBA coaching staff. “As somebody who’s got two daughters, one of who is a baller, it makes me feel good when excellence is recognized regardless of gender,” he said.
Before signing off, Obama joked cooly, “If you guys need any tips on winning back-to-back, you know where to find me.”
Notably and as ever, Duncan was the only member of the team who opted not to wear a tie during the White House visit and the unsurprising wardrobe decision has made headlines all its own. Asked about Duncan’s stubborn informality, teammate Manu Ginobli told The Washington Post, “I didn’t even try. It’s not his style. A tie is not his thing.”