Team Obama accomplished Saturday what the president’s beloved Chicago Bulls basketball team was unable to do the night before: win. President Barack Obama played basketball in the morning at the newly renovated Interior Department court with friends and staff, including Chicago pal Marty Nesbitt, press aide Ben Finkenbinder and Reggie Love, who serves as Obama’s personal assistant and Saturday also carried the basketball. White House officials declined to comment on details of the outing. ”The president enjoys playing basketball when possible. This was a private game with friends and some staff,” one administration official said. One of the players on Obama’s team, however, said the president’s side had won the game. The president left the White House wearing track pants, a black jacket, running shoes and his White Sox baseball cap for the five-block motorcade to the Interior Department. The game was played on the department’s newly renovated basketball court, one of the original amenities of the 72-year-old building. The court was recently renovated and its massive skylight was uncovered and restored during the work. Friday night the president took in the Chicago Bulls-Washington Wizards basketball game played at the Verizon Center sitting courtside opposite the Wizards bench. The Bulls lost 113-90. For more Reuters political news, click here Photo credit: Reuters/Molly Riley (Obama watches Bulls-Wizards basketball game Friday)
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