A Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former NBA champion, now, about to play golf with the President of the United States of America.
According to Chuck Schilken of the Los Angeles Times, former NBA superstar Alonzo Mourning got the opportunity of a lifetime on Saturday when he took the links with President Barack Obama. Not only that, but they also did so at the Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the course made famous in the classic movie Caddyshack.
Along with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Cyrus Walker, the cousin of senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, Obama and Mourning got in a round of golf on Saturday, as the POTUS was in town for three fundraisers earlier in the day.
It had to have been a pretty cool experience for everyone involved.
For Mourning, it's obvious: Getting to play 18—or nine (the report doesn't specify)—with the leader of the USA isn't something that very many people on the planet get the chance to do.
On the other side of things, Obama is a well-known basketball aficionado, and the chance to chat with Mourning, who in his prime was one of the most physically imposing, impressive players in the world, had to have been fun, even for the man who has met everyone.
Mourning, the former No. 2 overall pick out of Georgetown who played for the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and New Jersey Nets during his 16 seasons in the NBA, was a seven-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
He finally captured his first NBA championship in 2006 during his second stint in Miami, where his jersey is now retired.
Bill Murray and Chevy Chase being in the foursome just might have made it the greatest pairing in golf history, but it still would have been pretty great to be a fly on that golf cart on Saturday morning.