Monday, August 9, 2010

Chicago Tribune-President Obama's Pump/Fake On NBA Greats

President Obama, Joakim Noah, and Derrick Rose: Peter Souza/White House
(Story reported by Mike Memoli for The Chicago Tribune's "The Swamp" blog)

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.

(click here to read the full story on the Chicago Tribune website)

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