Kobe Bryant has amusingly claimed that Barack Obama could make this year's Los Angeles Lakers roster.
The American President's love of basketball is well-known and Lakers stalwart Bryant - who was recently shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season due to injury - has provided a glowing endorsement of his on-court skills.
“Yes, he could, actually," Bryant replied to Dan Patrick when asked if Obama could make the Lakers roster in an interview that was quoted by Sports Illustrated.
"That’s not a diss to the current roster that we have, its more of a sign of respect of the skill that the president possesses."
Although such a comment was obviously made in jest by Bryant, the current state of the Lakers would suggest that such a statement is not as hilarious or as farfetched as it may seem.
Currently languishing 14th in the Western Conference with a putrid record of 22-45, the Lakers are arguably poorer now than they have ever been with big question marks hanging over the future of coach Mike D'Antoni.
While an imminent trip to the lottery coupled with substantial cap space to entice one or two big free agents could combine to ensure such a blip at Staples Center is just temporary, this season has nevertheless been a hugely uncomfortable experience for a storied franchise who are so used to tasting success.
Bryant himself has also experienced a hugely disappointing campaign. After making his long-awaited return from a troublesome achilles problem, the 35-year-old - who recently secured a new two-year deal to remain a Laker - suffered a fractured knee just six games into his comeback and will not be returning until next year.
What do reckon, NBA fans? Could Obama really play for the Lakers? Would it be an improvement on their current squad? Let us know in the comment box provided below....
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