Life sometimes has a funny way of reminding us that it isn’t all fun and games – even for those who have fun playing games for a living.

The Chicago Bulls certainly experienced a whirlwind of emotions Thursday. In the afternoon, the team met with President Barack Obama – a big Bulls fan – at the White House. They presented the president with a Bulls “Obama 44” jersey. Surely the team thought it was cool to meet the president even though they didn’t have to win a championship to do so.

Later the team learned two of its legends died. First Norm “Stormin’ Norman” Van Lier, 61, an All-Star player and broadcaster for the team, was found dead in his apartment. Then, hours later, Johnny “Red” Kerr, 76, died at his home after a long battle with prostate cancer. Kerr was the first Bulls coach and was a television and radio analyst for the team for 33 years.

It surely will be an emotional game for the Bulls when they play against the Washington Wizards tonight.