Obama pays homage to 'Zen master' Phil Jackson, Lakers

President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers to the White House.

The president, a well-known basketball fanatic, during his remarks paid homage to Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who won his 10th NBA title with the Lakers last spring.

Obama praised Jackson, who won six titles with Obama's hometown Chicago Bulls before winning four with the Lakers. 

"I'm especially excited to meet Coach Phil Jackson, the Zen Master," Obama said. "I've been a fan of Coach Jackson's ever since his days running the triangle offense in Chicago."

Obama said Jackson's ability to get the most of out of his teams could be used in Congress. 

"I was hoping that, Coach, you were going to bring some books for Republicans and Democrats in Congress maybe to get them to start playing like a team together," he said. "Coach is famous for passing out books and helping people get the job done."