President Barack Obama may have jinxed Kansas when he picked them to win the N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament (they lost early to Northern Iowa) but he didn't jinx the NBA's Phoenix Suns.

The nation's basketball fan-in-chief gave a shout-out on Wednesday to the Suns, who wore jerseys that said "Los Suns" in their Cinco de Mayo game against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Suns later went on to top the Spurs 110-102 in the Western Conference Championship Series, putting them ahead in the seven game series 2-0.

The presidential props were given out in the Rose Garden, where Obama greeted guests at a reception with a little Spanish, "buenos noches" a Save nd told them, "I know many of you would rather be home watching the game between the Spurs and Los Suns."

The line got more cheers than laughs.

Suns owner Robert Sarver said Wednesday that the decision to tweak the team's jerseys was made to "honor our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation.”

But to some people, the jerseys were charged with another meaning. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill into law last week allowing police to ask suspected illegal immigrants for documentation of their status. The move sparked protests and boycotts around the country, including one on Wednesday night in Phoenix led by Rev. Al Sharpton.