"I congratulate Kobe on reaching this milestone," Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement. "He's obviously a great player, with a strong work ethic and has an equally strong passion for the game of basketball. I've enjoyed watching his game evolve over the years, and I look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next."
"I've never played with Obama, but I would," Mr. Jordan said. "But — nah, that's OK. I'll take him out. He's a hack. Man, I'd be all day playing with him."