Alonzo Mourning and Barack Obama Are BFFs
Sure, President Obama has made some high-profile celebrity friends since taking office. He's close with Oprah, calls up LeBron for favors, and texts JayZ, but during his presidency Obama has managed to strike up a less public, more personal friendship with none other than former Miami Heat great Alonzo Mourning.
The pair like to play golf together a lot and then sit back and chat about sports and how to open up opportunities for disadvantaged inner-city youth.
"Over the past few years, though, the president and player-turned-philanthropist developed a deeper bond that challenges the no new friends' mantra the Obamas developed during the 2008 race," writes Politico while managing to force in a DJ Khaled reference.
"You get caught up in the fact that he's so personable you do forget that he is the most powerful man in the world," Mourning told the paper. "That's what he wants when he's around his friends. He doesn't want to be strictly political every time that he's around us. I think he just wants to relax and exhale."
Mourning was an early supporter of Obama's 2008 candidacy, and has held several fundraisers for the Prez and Democratic party in donor-rich South Florida. The duo has played golf together three times since November, and hung out during the president's weekend trip in the Florida Keys back in March.
Apparently one thing the pair don't do anymore is play basketball, though.
"He doesn't really play ball anymore. He expressed his concern about possibly getting hurt," Mourning says. "He didn't want to do the State of the Union speech on crutches or with a broken nose."
Mourning says he's not looking to curry political favors, and the two just seem to gel because they're both accomplished, into sports and care about their communities.
Since retiring from the NBA, Mourning's Mourning Family Foundation has become a key player in enriching the lives of underprivileged kids in Miami.
No word on whether or not Zo ever invites Tim Hardaway along.