The POTUS is a huge Chicago Bulls fan, and admittedly worshipped Michael Jordan when he was coming up in the Windy City. In an interview that will air just prior to the NBA All-Star Game Sunday night on TNT, Barack Obama tells Charles Barkley that LeBron James is a worthy challenger to MJ’s crown as the G.O.A.T. From the press release:

During an extensive sit-down conversation held Thursday, Feb. 13, at the White House, Barkley and President Obama covered an array of topics from the NBA to health care reform to the administrations recently announced “My Brothers Keeper” initiative.

“You know LeBron. I know LeBron. When you are standing next to him, and then you watch him close up, I’ve never seen somebody that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who is that strong, who has that much basketball savvy all in one package.

“So we don’t yet know where he is going to be. Now, I’m a Chicago guy and Mike will always be the guy, for me, just because that was a magical moment for the city. And he was a champion. Mike is now retired. LeBron, when you look at him, you think he might be able to play at a high level for another seven, eight, 10 years. He’s 29 years old. In terms of every aspect of the game, LeBron has a chance to be as good as anybody.”