Obama: WNBA inspires daughters

President Barack Obama stands alongside members of the championship Shock during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the WNBA serves as an inspiration for his two young daughters.

Obama on Monday said his daughters, Sasha and Malia, have never known a time when women did not play professional basketball in the United States. He says his girls watch the female players on television.

Obama welcomed the champion Detroit Shock to the White House's South Portico to honor their season. He says that it's dicey for a president from Chicago to say nice things about a team from rival Detroit, but adds that their accomplishments deserve praise.

The Shock has won three championships since they started play in 1998.