B-Ball Stars Say Obama's Got Game

Hoopsters pick apart presidential skills in CNN roundtable

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2009 5:37 PM CST

(Newser) – Basketball stars of today and yesterday have dissected President Barack Obama’s game on CNN, the Swamp blog reports. "He's smart at the game," Magic Johnson said today, watching a clip of the president shooting hoops. “He sees the play before it develops. That is how he is running the country.” Bill Russell, Steve Nash, and Chris Paul joined the gab-fest.

If he knew about the star scrutiny, Obama “would be a little nervous," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. But the players mostly praised the president: Russell described him as “a pretty good re-bounder” and Paul noted his shooting. "Lefties always can shoot," Paul said. Obama hit the court this morning in Chicago following a Valentine’s Day dinner last night with wife Michelle.

In this April 29, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama plays basketball in Chapel Hill, N.C.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
President Barack Obama has said his favorite fitness activity is basketball, and the game became a kind of campaign ritual.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, FILE)
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Basketball stars critique Barack Obama's game on CNN.   (YouTube)

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He's smart at the game. First thing up he's passing, nice post pass, nice set up, always looking for the other man. - Magic Johnson

There are very few days in which I don't see, at some point in the day, the president either handling or dribbling a basketball. I know he's anxious to get out on the court. - White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs

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