Obama, NBA Stars Play Hoops for Troops

'Wounded warriors' watch; reporters boxed out
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2010 4:55 PM CDT
UConn's Tina Charles presents President Obama with a jersey at an event for the 2010 NCAA champion Huskies at the White House, May 17, 2010. Charles' teammate Maya Moore played hoops with Obama today.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – President Obama played basketball today with a constellation of NBA stars and a ringer from the national champion UConn women's team. Service members injured in action and participants in the White House mentoring program watched, but the press pool waited outside, the Washington Post reports. Retired stars Magic Johnson and Bill Russell played but Kobe Bryant only watched, reports The Hill.

LeBron James, Grant Hill, Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Mourning, Shane Battier, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Derek Fisher, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, and Etan Thomas took part the event, in a gym at Fort McNair, near the White House, as did UConn star Maya Moore. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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