Former President Barrack Obama’s infatuation with the game of basketball has been highly publicized over the years. He was photographed with numerous NBA Champions, WNBA Champions, Men’s National Champions, and Women’s National Champions during his eight years in “The White House,” and most recently the Golden State Warriors opted not to visit President Trump during their trip to DC, but decided to visit former President Obama instead.
Earlier this season President Obama can be seen courtside watching a Duke vs. North Carolina game, as he caught a glimpse of freshman phenomenon Zion Williamson.
President Barack Obama gets an amazing reception just before Duke vs UNC pic.twitter.com/8ufWuupfV2
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During his time in office, President Obama has been spotted watching a couple of Washington Wizards games. When he was a Senator from the state of Illinois, he also could be seen at the United Center from time to time.
So, he is genuinely a fan of the game.
Former Indiana Pacers’ forward and current CBS analyst, Clark Kellogg, had the opportunity to play a game of HORSE with former President Obama at The White House during a live broadcast per to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
“One of the great thrills I’ve had through basketball,” Kellogg told Heavy’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.
“To have the opportunity to play against the first African American president in our country and a genuine man and basketball fan. It’s one of the greatest highlights of my journey.”
The former president got the best of Kellogg in their game of Horse. “I let up,” Kellogg told Fred Ennette of the Unnecessary Roughness Podcast last year.
“I didn’t take it easy, but I started fast, pumped my brakes and then he got the momentum and took advantage of that.”
“There are a few basketball friends right now that still, whenever they see me bring that up and they look at me with disdain and they ask me how did you let that happen,” joked Kellogg.
“And I tell them: ‘You know what? I didn’t let it happen. He earned it and it made for good television and it made for even better television that he won and not me.’
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