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Presidential Influence: Reinsdorf Says White House Helped Him Pick Bulls Coach
Published March 9, 2011
A SPECIAL GIFT: In Milwaukee, Charles Gardner reported Bucks G Brandon Jennings following last night's game against the Wizards "sat in front of his locker and pulled out a pair of brand new Under Armour shoes," which he then autographed for Obama. Jennings said, "I just signed him a pair of shoes. A couple guys from Under Armour are going to go watch a game with him a couple days from now. So it's a gift from me to him. Hopefully I can hook him up with a pair of shoes and he'll wear them when he's out there hooping" (JSONLINE.com, 3/8).
MEET AND GREET: In Boston, Julian Benbow reports Obama was in town yesterday and "met privately with several Celtics," including Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, as well as coach Doc Rivers. Celtics Managing Partner Steve Pagliuca and BOD member Jonathan Lavine "organized the meeting" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/9).