Tales from the Trail

Obama plays hoops with NBA stars

August 9, 2010

President Barack Obama wrapped up his 49th birthday bash with perhaps the ultimate gift for a basketball fan.obama_basketball

Someone arranged for Obama to play¬† hoops with a “dream team” of NBA stars — past and present¬†– (and UConn Huskies superstar Maya Moore) at Fort McNair, a short distance from the White House.

It was a private game, meaning the White House press pool was not allowed into the gym to capture images. But we’re told Carmelo Anthony, Derek Fisher, Dwyane Wade, Grant Hill, LeBron James, “Magic” Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, and David West were among those in the lineup. Kobe Bryant was there too, but didn’t play.

Those who did suit up played before an audience of wounded soldiers and teenagers in a White House mentoring program. But there was no word on who made Obama’s team or who won.

After the game, it was back to the White House for a barbecue on the South Lawn with Gulf shrimp on the menu.

Having guests dine on seafood from the Gulf of Mexico may be part of a White House effort to reassure anxious coastal communities worried about their livelihoods in the wake of the BP oil spill.

Obama has been encouraging tourists to go to the Gulf Coast to help revive the local economy. The first family has plans to vacation on Florida’s Gulf coast this weekend.

First lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha were back at the White House in time for the president’s birthday barbecue (back from a five-day vacation in Spain , which raised some eyebrows). The Obama’s older daughter Malia is away at summer camp.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (President Obama arrives to play basketball at Fort McNair on July 24, 2010)

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