Posted Jun 18 2010 7:03PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has congratulated Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and his team on winning the NBA championship for the second year in a row.
Obama also congratulated Jackson on winning his 11th championship as a head coach.
The White House says Obama told Jackson in a telephone call Friday that the series between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics was great and worthy of the rivalry between the two teams. Obama said he looked forward to congratulating the players in person at the White House.
The Lakers rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit Thursday night to defeat the Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
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