When Barack Obama comes calling for a golf partner, it’s a difficult offer to pass on. But when you’re chasing NBA titles, as Ray Allen once was, you don’t always get to say yes.
That’s what Allen told the New York Daily News last weekend at a charity golf event hosted by David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. Apparently, when Allen was with the Miami Heat during the 2012-13 NBA season, Alonzo Mourning (who was retired at the time) had a round scheduled with the president the morning of a game. Also scheduled that morning was a team shoot-around.
“They’re like, ‘Man, the president…you should do it!'” Allen told the Daily News. “‘We don’t care. It’s just a shoot-around.’ Every guy in the locker room said, ‘Dude, you should go play with the president. We got a game, and you’ll be here for the game.’ They respect who I am, my reputation. They’re like, ‘We know you’re going to be ready for the game.'”
But the Heat front office felt differently.
“They were somewhat against it and obviously that’s how the team side was,” Allen said. “I never ended up doing it.”
The Heat would go on to win a championship that season, and Allen eventually got his chance to play with Obama. The two paired up each of the past two summers, and are shown together below at Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard.