David Stern, the NBA commissioner, weighed in recently on President Barack Obama's basketball game.
And he wasn't too complementary.
"He's not that good." Stern told Reuters TV's Robert Wolf. "He's a lefty -- he goes the same way every time."
For Stern, who calls himself "a loyal Democrat," it's not political.
"I'm a passionate Democrat," Stern told Wolf. "He's not as good as he thinks he is."
President Obama plays basketball regularly, and, according to a recent profile in Vanity Fair, often with players who played in college or were on professional teams overseas.
Michael Lewis describes a basketball game with the president in Vanity Fair:
Obama was 20 or more years older than most of [the other players], and probably not as physically gifted, though it was hard to say because of the age differences. No one held back, no one deferred. Guys on his team dribbled past him and ignored the fact he was wide open. When he drives through the streets, crowds part, but when he drives to the basket large, hostile men slide over to cut him off. It’s revealing that he would seek out a game like this but even more that others would give it to him: no one watching would have been able to guess which guy was president.
Stern announced earlier this week that after 30 years, he will be retiring as the commissioner of the NBA in February 2014. Adam Silver, the league's Deputy Commissioner, will take his place.
Read Lewis' entire profile of President Obama at Vanity Fair, and catch the full interview with David Stern on Reuters TV on October 28.
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