Los Angeles Lakers: Jim Hill

In anticipation of today's White House visit and meeting with President Barack Obama, I thought I'd post some videos I shot last Tuesday with various Lakers talking about the expedition. We'll start with Derek Fisher, whose clip begins with a fantastic exchange between him and CBS/KCAL 9's always impeccably dressed Jim Hill. Those suits he's always wearing during broadcasts? That's what he's always wearing off-camera, too. I mean, literally EVERY time I've ever seen Hill, the man is in a suit (as Brian, the L.A. Times' Broderick Turner and I discussed during a recent PodKast). A one-song muse for ZZ Top, if you will. This consistency didn't escape Fisher, who completely ignored Hill's initial question to give the broadcaster's jacket a feel.

"What is that, tweed," asked Fish as a smile crept across his face. "I like it. I like it. It's like, 12:30 in the daytime."

From there, a conundrum was examined. "Mr. President" is the proper way for NBA players to address the free world's leader, but how does Obama refer to fellow-Prez Fisher (Player's Association)? "Probably not as Mr. President," noted the point guard. "I'll probably have to tell him what my name is." Well, I seriously doubt that, between Obama's rabid hoops love and the attention Fisher gained campaigning on his behalf. It's a meeting Fisher is looking forward to, while noting he and his mates "have a lot of business to take care of" before and after the White House visit.

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