Education Sec. Arnie Duncan played on President Obama’s basketball team over the weekend and tells me he was not intimidated but tried to “kill them” yesterday.  Duncan says the President has ” got game” at 49.


Obama shoots hoops with NBA greats

Posted August 8, 2010 3:50 PM

President Obama jokes with Chicago Bulls players Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose.
The Swamp

by Mike Memoli

Talk about a “Dream Team.”

President Obama shot hoops Sunday with some NBA superstars, a combination late birthday present and a showcase for some wounded warriors and participants in the White House mentoring project.

The guest list included some of pro basketball’s greatest players, both past and present: LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell, to name a few. One woman, Maya Moore of the UConn Huskies, was on the list released to the press today as well.

According to pool reporter, no press was allowed in to see the game, so we can’t be sure whether the pros took it easy on their commander in chief. But a White House photographer was likely on hand for the game, which took place at Fort McNair.

Obama, who marked his 49th birthday in Chicago on Wednesday at a dinner that included Oprah Winfrey, was set for yet another celebration today at the White House — a barbecue with family, friends and staff.

The full guest list is after the jump.

(Photo Credit: White House / Peter Souza)

*Carmelo Anthony
*Shane Battier
*Chauncey Billups
*Kobe Bryant (not playing)
*Derek Fisher
*Grant Hill
*LeBron James
*Earvin “Magic” Johnson
*Maya Moore
*Alonzo Mourning
*Chris Paul
*Derrick Rose
*Bill Russell
*Etan Thomas
*Dwyane Wade
*David West
*Joakim Noah
*Pau Gasol

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