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Barack Obama Spotted Sitting Next to Shaquille O'Neal in a Virtual Crowd during the NBA Finals

Afouda Bamidele
Oct 03, 2020
08:00 P.M.
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The familiar faces of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and former NBA star, Shaquille O'Neal were seen next to each other among the numerous celebrities representing the virtual crowd at the NBA finals.


Barack Hussein Obama made history in 2009 by becoming the first-ever black president of the United States of America. The 59-year-old continues to make headlines with his recent appearance as a part of the virtual celebrity audience at the NBA finals on September 30.

The former president showed up to deliver a special message to those who volunteered to act as poll workers during the upcoming election in the US.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally to support Michigan democratic candidates at Detroit Cass Tech High School on October 26, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images


The clip of the virtual crowd showed Obama dressed in a navy blue sweater and his position in the audience was next to Shaquille O'Neal.

Earlier in September, [Barack Obama] shared a phone number on Twitter and asked people living in the US to send him texts.


The author of the "Change We Can Believe In" showed his appreciation to the people volunteering as poll workers and the celebrities in the virtual audience for their help in promoting the upcoming election.

The former politician also advised first-time poll workers to be safe by following the necessary precautions during the ongoing pandemic and he implored other young people to help out with the election.


Other familiar faces in the virtual audience for the match between the L.A. Lakers and the Miami Heat were former athlete, Dwyane Wade, and TV presenter, Robin Roberts.

As for the former president, this marked his second event in the NBA world since the pandemic began. The father-of-two first appeared during ESPN'S "The Last Dance", a 10-part documentary series centered on the life of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the fall of 1997.


Earlier in September, the former president of the United States shared a phone number on Twitter and asked people living in the US to send him texts detailing their thoughts about the upcoming presidential election.

Obama also wrote in the tweet that he would occasionally reach out to share his own thoughts. The phone number he shared had a 773 area code, which belonged to Chicago, his adopted hometown.


The author of "Dreams From My Father" has always been a basketball fan and he shot a lot of hoops with famous NBA players during his time as president. 

The biggest basketball event held at the White House was in the honor of Obama's 50th birthday and some of the stars in attendance included, the late Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Alonzo Mourning, and even the famous Magic Johnson came out of retirement to play.