While filing off the court, everybody from guard Chris Paul to coach Mike Krzyzewski got a hug from Obama after Team USA trounced France, 98-71.
"It was pretty cool," Paul told me.
Let's hope the First Lady also remembered to pack the orange slices.
But here's a minor complaint: Don't NBA stars already get enough love? And what does an Olympic fencer or archer have to do to get a hug?
The presence of Obama at the game was a reminder that the country's eyes are fixed on NBA stars whose mission is gold or bust. "That's what makes the Olympics so special. This isn't just Los Angeles or New York watching us play," Paul said. "This is global."
Asked if there is an Olympic athlete he's itching to meet at the Summer Games, LeBron James paused to think, then replied: "No."