Barack Obama and basketball: In his life and in his book | Explained News,The Indian Express

    wearing a pair of dress shoes on the gleaming hardwood floor, obama casually sank the smoothest triple lefty from zero degrees, while the few witnesses, including (now president-elect) biden, shouted their approval. it was not a coincidence.

    While Indians search for keywords (to approve or disapprove of their political leaders) in Obama’s new book, A Promised Land, the tome on one of the most famous US presidencies has dedicated one of its best chapters to the author and his long-standing relationship with basketball.

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    Fire your shot.

    – barack obama (@barackobama) October 31, 2020

    describing his early days in office, when he was beset by a multitude of stressful situations, obama says he liked to play pool with the white house assistant chef to de-stress. it was also when he was able to sneak away to smoke; however, obama remembers the day his malia daughter smelled tobacco on his breath and asked him about it. He quit smoking around the time the Affordable Care Act was signed and started carrying around nicotine gum.

    but it was basketball that offered him his “reliable refuge”. Obama’s personal assistant, Reggie Love, would host weekend games on an indoor court at Fort McNair Army Base, FBI Headquarters, or the Department of the Interior. Former Division I college players in their 20s and 30s would make up the regulars. And while he wasn’t the best player on the court, Obama settled into the familiar flow and camaraderie of defending himself by setting up picks, feeding the hot shooter that day, hitting a jump shot and running the fast break.

    “Those impromptu games represented a continuity for me, a bond with my old self, and when my team beat Reggie’s, I made sure he knew about it all week,” he writes.

    judicial exploits at school

    U.S. media reported that Obama played on the junior and varsity teams at Hawaii’s Punahou School in the 1970s, eventually winning a state championship in 1979. “Barry Obama,” said an NBC report quoting former teammate mark bendix. , he should have been a starter at punahou. Bendix says: “He had a really good shot and he really handled the ball well.”

    former coach chris mclachlin told nbc: “he (obama) carried his books in one hand and his ball in the other. he lived across the street from the school and before school he would shoot baskets on the outside courts, then at lunch he would shoot more baskets, then he had it for three hours, then he would go home, eat dinner, and then be outside new shooting baskets.”

    There’s a 1979 photo of obama, with a rich afro on his head, lobbing a jump shot over a defender at honolulu’s best private school. he would come off the bench and help them win a state championship his senior year.

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    Coach Mike Zinn at Occidental College recalled to the Los Angeles Times in 2007: “I wasn’t a great outside shooter. in basketball terminology, he was some kind of slasher. he was left-handed. he went well to the left, he didn’t go so well to the right. he had a nose for the ball, he always came with loose balls and inside rebounds. so if he scored 10 points in a game, most of them probably went under the basket. he didn’t take 15-foot jump shots or anything like that. he was a good defender, definitely a good athlete.”

    cheerleader and coach

    Obama would also be on the court, says his autobiography, rooting for his daughter Sasha’s fourth-grade rec league team, with all the excitement and stress that comes with being the parent of an athlete.

    “they called themselves the vipers (prop for whoever thought of the name), and every saturday morning during the season, michelle and i would travel to a small country house in a public park in maryland and sit on the bleachers with the other families, cheering wildly every time one of the girls came even remotely close to making a basket, yelling reminders at sasha to get out or get back on defense, and trying her best not to be “those parents”, the guy who yells at referees, “obama remember. 📣 express explained is now on telegram

    maisy, joe biden’s granddaughter was the star of the team, he writes. While the coaching couple, who by their own admission did not consider basketball their first sport, did a reasonably good job, the former president and Reggie, a former Duke Hoopster player, helped design some plays and volunteered to run some informal practices on Sunday afternoons. sessions with the team.

    “We worked on the basics (dribbling, passing, making sure the shoelaces were tied before we ran out onto the court). when the vipers beat reggie i celebrated like it was the ncaa finals,” she writes of enjoying the normal “dad stuff.” rival parents would protest these “special sessions,” complaining that their children were not granted the same privilege of being coached by the president. so obama would quietly go back to being a regular loud dad fan.

    Barack Obama and basketball: In his life and in his book | Explained News,The Indian Express “A Promised Land,” by former US president Barack Obama, released on November 17. Image: Penguin Random House

    The one-shot President

    with a sharp look passing, perfectly drained long jumpers and an excellent passing game, obama achieved what americans love most in sports: an ‘assist’. the old footage shows the outside shot of him sharpening up and finding new admirers. The 3-pointer gleefully cruising at Biden’s rally wasn’t a freak: When he was Senator Obama from Illinois, excelling on black courts and his precise jump passes, he’d nailed a 3-pointer on his first down; And he would repeat himself in 2010 in front of troops in Kuwait, according to a USA Today report.

    Playing a game of ‘horse’ with basketball legend Clark Kellogg, who had been invited to the White House backyard, Obama joked, “I have a few other things on my mind, but I won’t be humiliated on national television. ” he laughed to regain the lead, finding his range with 3-p shots.

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    while special assistant and personal assistant reggie love played duke and was the perfect friend on friday, obama’s other high-profile playmates included former illinois treasurer alexi giannoulias—a former pro from greece—and the very Competent former education secretary and Harvard co-captain Arne Duncan, who could do more than push and throw.

    duncan, who described obama as “cerebral”, would say ‘for the win’ that the former potus was offensively very astute and deceptive, with a very good cross dribble. “It wasn’t uncommon to see him literally not shoot the ball the entire game and then make the final basket or the final two baskets of the game. there are a lot of guys out there who love to shoot early in games, but when the going gets a little rough, they go away. he was the opposite. he wanted to take the big shot.” the common verdict was that he was not a ball hog and he was excellent at assisting passes.

    Nevertheless, near the end of his presidency in 2015, Obama would switch to golf and frankly admit his depreciated powers. “I used to play basketball more, but these days it’s gotten to the point where it’s not much fun. because I’m not as good as I used to be and I get frustrated. I was never great, but I was a good player and I could play seriously. now I’m like one of those old men who go around.”

    the connoisseur of greatness

    Obama, widely regarded as one of the most witty of presidents’ speeches, saved one of his best for mentioning Michael Jordan when he awarded him the President’s Medal of Freedom. “Michael Jordan is more than those moments. more than the best player on the two best teams of all time. the dream team and the chicago bulls of 1996. he is more than just a logo. more than just an internet meme. more than a charitable donor, an entrepreneur committed to diversity. there’s a reason you call someone the “michael jordan of…”. michael jordan of surgery, or of rabbis. michael jordan canoeing they know what you’re talking about. because michael jordan is the michael jordan of greatness. he is the definition of someone so good at what he does that everyone recognizes him.”

    bragging on behalf of kareem abdul jabbar at the same ceremony: “that’s how great kareem abdul jabbar was. 1967 he had spent a year dominating college basketball. the ncaa bans the slam dunk. they didn’t say it was ban kareem…but it was (wide smile) ban kareem.”

    in the recent docu-series ‘last dance on jordan’, controversy would erupt over obama organically describing himself as a ‘former chicago resident’, following the bulls in their glory years. But it was her contextualization of Jordan (appreciating his greatness while clearly stating that he had not spoken on diversity issues at the time) that added value to the testimonial as more than just a famous voice.

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    Most recently, he came to the aid of LeBron James amid nationwide protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake in August, when the enraged Lakers were about to suspend the season to focus on the fight for reform.


    james would say, “i’m lucky to have a friend, you know, the 44th president, who allowed me and allowed [chris paul] and allowed us to get on the phone with him and get guidance. you know, when they’re things happening, when there is chaos where people don’t know what move to make or how to handle a situation, the best thing you can do is have someone you can talk to and guide you and have that kind of leadership….and those words to say ‘well this can be a plan of action this can be something you guys can ask for, and if we can get it then we can continue to push the needle and you can continue the season too.”

    The NBA announced its plan for a social justice coalition soon after.

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