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Why not do something fun while waiting for the results to come in?!  President Barack Obama spent Election Day hooping it up in Chicago with a former NBA superstar.


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According to Chris Chase at USA TODAY Sports:

On Tuesday, Scottie Pippen was back to playing second fiddle to a more famous teammate. The Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer hooped it up with Barack Obama during the president’s traditional Election Day basketball game in Chicago.

Scottie Pippen and former Bulls teammate Randy Brown were invited to the game, along with Obama’s traditional pickup partners like Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Illinois treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and former body man and Duke player Reggie Love.

So how did the president play Tuesday?

The game was played at Tim Grover’s Attack Athletics facility, According to a White House pool report. 20 people played in two teams of 10.

“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.”

While there wasn’t an official final score, Obama’s team won by about 20 points, per a White House pool report.


According to the Chicago Tribune:

Around 1 p.m., Obama’s motorcade arrived at the Hope Athletic Center on the West Side where the president played basketball with staff and friends. A White House spokeswoman said he played with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Reggie Love, Mike Ramos, Marty Nesbitt and others.

Alexi Giannoulias’ Twitter account said he was also playing. He tweeted that he was on a team with Obama and former Bulls Scottie Pippen and Randy Brown.

After basketball, Obama headed back to his South Side home, where he is expected to eat dinner with family tonight before heading to McCormick Place for a rally tonight.

• NBA.com has quotes and photos from Pippen.

“I thought the lanes opened up when Michael Jordan used to drive,” laughed Pippen. “I used to be like, wow. But when I saw the President drive, I thought they were bringing the whole motorcade through the lane it was so wide.”


SOURCE:  Ben Golliver at SI