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Barack Obama attends NBA Finals Game 2 between Raptors, Warriors

Barack Obama attends NBA Finals Game 2 between Raptors, Warriors

Scotiabank Arena might need to supplement "O Canada" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" with "Hail to the Chief" ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals. 

Former President Barack Obama attended the Toronto Raptors' match-up with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. 

The Toronto crowd treated the former president to a long ovation during the second quarter. 

Obama hosted the Warriors at the White House once during his eight years in office, and met with the team during their trip to Washington D.C. this past season. Steph Curry reportedly facilitated the meeting, continuing the friendship they developed during Obama's second term. When Obama visited the Bay Area this year, he stopped by Ayesha Curry's restaurant on President's Day and shared the stage with Steph at an Obama Foundation event. 

If Obama and Drake meet courtside, there is no word if he'll tell the rapper that he thinks Kendrick Lamar is better. 

That time Stephen Curry's hot shooting grabbed President Obama's attention

That time Stephen Curry's hot shooting grabbed President Obama's attention

Editor's note: Stephen Curry's unprecedented NBA career has entered its 10th season, so we visited with the Warriors star to detail his top 10 moments, and he obliged. 

Stephen Curry averaged 30.3 points through his first 43 games of the 2015-16 season. In Games 44, 45 and 46, however, he scored just 14, 23 and 13 points, respectively.

So, when the Warriors took the floor Feb. 3, 2016, in Washington DC, he was due for a big game. And he had one.

Curry scored 25 points in the first quarter en route to 51 total in the Warriors' 134-121 win.

Has Curry ever started a game that hot?

"Not that I can remember," the Warriors star told NBC Sports Bay Area as he recounted his top 10 moments of his 10-year NBA career.

The next day, Curry and the Warriors visited the White House, where President Barack Obama went out of his way to poke fun at the two-time NBA MVP.

"Steph's a pretty good shooter," Obama said to a gathered audience. "For those of you who watched the game against the Wizards last night, he was, to use slang, he was 'clowning.'

"He's all jumping up and down (shaking his head)," said Obama, who then turned to look at Curry and jokingly added, "Just settle down."

The 44th President of the United States also took a jab at Curry's golf game and said Klay Thompson has a prettier jump shot.

Watch the video above to hear more about why this made Curry's Top 10 career moments.

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Barack Obama takes playful jab at Steph Curry over past ankle problems

Barack Obama takes playful jab at Steph Curry over past ankle problems

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Barack Obama and Steph Curry are good friends.

When you have that sort of relationship, you are allowed to make fun of each other and/or joke about sensitive material.

When the Warriors visited the White House back in early 2016, Obama made light of Curry "clownin'" on the Wizards the night before when he dropped 51 points. That same day, he also said that Klay Thompson's "jump shot is actually a little prettier."

Another example of Obama's sense of humor transpired on Tuesday night in Oakland, where Curry and the former President shared the stage for a town hall discussion as part of the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance.

As Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle writes:

Asked Tuesday afternoon how he overcame his childhood struggles, former President Barack Obama glanced toward Warriors guard Stephen Curry.  “Steph,” Obama said with a smirk, “why don’t you tell them about your ankles?”

This topic might be all fun and games now, but it certainly wasn't a laughing matter seven or eight years ago when Curry's NBA career was in jeopardy.

He underwent surgery on his right ankle in May 2011. And in regards to another procedure on the same ankle in April 2012, ESPN's Pablo Torre wrote in February 2016:

Steph Curry didn't know if he'd wake up owning a dead man's tendons ... The worst-case scenario now? Total re-reconstruction, meaning that everything rebuilt in Curry's first surgery would be reattempted. If that proved necessary, they'd use better parts -- specifically, tendons from a cadaver -- and the projected recovery time would be at least six months. But such an operation would also be extreme enough that no one would be sure how the new hinge would hold up on the court.

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Two MVPs, three NBA championships and a $200 million contract later, it's safe to say that Curry won the battle against the recurring ankle sprains.

Therefore Mr. President, you are allowed to continue to make those kinds of jokes.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller