Obama Shoots Hoops Before Winning Election

The president was dishing the rock to a Hall-of-Famer instead of stressing over election news.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Whether you are a supporter of Barack Obama or not, you have to give the man some credit for tackling the stress of election day in style.

While many politicians would be manning the phones and analyzing every little nugget of election news, Obama continued his tradition of taking to the basketball court to pass the time on this most pivotal of days.

Playing in Chicago on Tuesday, Obama enticed two former Bulls players onto the court to play a friendly game of 10 on 10. Both former guard Randy Brown and Hall-of-Famer Scottie Pippen laced up their sneakers to play ball with the president.

"We did this four years ago and had a lot of fun," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a regular at the president's pick up games, told USA TODAY Sports after Tuesday's game. "There was real good camaraderie, and he's worked so amazingly hard, it was a chance to relax with friends for a couple of hours. It brought good luck four years ago. Hopefully, it will bring good luck again."

When asked of the president's mood, Duncan added that he was in high spirits.

"He's in great spirits," Duncan said. "He feels really good. He was really loose. He was cracking jokes and talking trash and having a good time. It was really, really fun. It's the one place where he can just hang out, so it's a really good break for him."

Played at Tim Grover's Attack Athletes facility, according to a White House pool report, the game also included other regulars like former Illinois treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and former body man and Duke player Reggie Love. Also according to a White House pool report, the president's team won comfortably by 20 points, though there wasn't an official final score.

But the important question is how did the president play on this most stressful of days?

"He played pretty hard. He got to the basket a couple of times, had a couple of good crossovers and scored," Duncan said. "He plays real hard and he plays real smart. No one gives him any breaks out there. Everybody competes. That's what makes it fun."

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.


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By: Barry Brecheisen
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