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Who Needs Debates? Hoopsters Have a Candidate; “I Got Obama”.

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on June 1, 2007

Bill Bradley was a great player and he probably would have been, and could still be, a great president. But he wasn’t really one of us, was he? He was too good. I loved the guy and in junior high, after reading John McPhee’s biography of Dollar Bill, “A Sense of Where You Are”, I’d pretend to be Bradley every day when I practiced, learned there the value of repetition in drilling shots and moves. (That particular idolatry stopped, of course, after I saw Pistol Pete. No clean-cutness for me: I wanted to be Pistol!) Still, when you score fifty-something in the Final Four, you’re not one of us. Not even close.

Enter the crafty lefty pick-up player, Barack Obama. There’s an excellent article in today’s NY Times breaking down his game. Turns out he even hoops with Harvard’s all-time, big-time basketball junkie, “AD”, Arne Duncan, (CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, former player under Coach B, NTL Weekend Camp coach and long-time pro player in Australia).

If you don’t want to vote for The Left then vote for The Lefty!

from The NY Times

“Last Christmas, Senator Barack Obama flew to Hawaii to contemplate a presidential bid in the peace of his childhood home. But there, on a humid playground near Waikiki Beach, he found himself being roughed up by some of his best friends. It was the third and final game of the group’s annual three-on-three basketball showdown, and with the score nearly tied, things were getting dirty . . . ”

continued here

“good look” goes out to Josh Kratka

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8 Responses to “Who Needs Debates? Hoopsters Have a Candidate; “I Got Obama”.”

  1. Nelson said

    i was just going to write in about this article–it gave me even more reason to get excited about obama (as if i needed any more reasons). it got me thinking–who’s been the best basketball player we’ve had in the oval office to date? i can’t think of any who have even played; can anyone else?


  2. Abe Lincoln played. Like Satch Sanders, he was #16 and could defend the heck out of it. Great in the lockerroom before big games, too.

    James K. Polk had extraordinary foot work in the post; knew it was a matter of gaining “territory” in there. Like it was his Manifest Destiny or something.

    Rutherford B. Hayes, “The Big E”‘s great-uncle, could kiss them high off the glass.

    William Howard Taft could set a mean screen and, man, was he tough to get around when he boxed you out!

    Hoover turned the ball over too much.

    Truman could drop bombs. (But so could, and did, many.)

    JFK was great to hang out with after the game.

    Coach never let Jimmy Carter in, mostly because of what his brother Billy was yelling from the stands.

    Ronnie Reagan cracked everyone up with his play-by-play from the bench.

    Al Gore wrecked his knee playing hoops, didn’t he? Oops, he wasn’t President? He was just elected, that’s all.


  3. Sandy said

    Hysterical, I mean, historical post, Steve! Hey funny thing, I hadn’t posted on my own blog in ages and then this weekend I posted about Obama and ball. I recently finished reading his memoir, and he had a nice description of when things go well on the court that I had to excerpt… the kind of moments where “you might make a move or a pass that surprised even you, so that even the guy guarding you had to smile, as if to say, ‘Damn…'”.
    Thanks for the fun posts!


  4. Jim Duane said

    I saw Bill Bradley play in the second college basketball game I ever saw in person during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, 1964. (The first was that same day, the first game of an ECAC Holiday Festival afternoon doubleheader in which St. John’s led by Sonny Dove and the McIntyre brothers (Bob, who went to my alma matar, Holy Cross High School, and Ken, the NIT MVP later that season when the NIT was a big deal) beat LaSalle, 78-71). In that second game, Princeton defeated Syracuse, led by a backcourt of Dave Bing and Jim Boeheim, 76-63, I think. Bradley had 36 points, including the last six points, on three incredible shots, of the first half to put Princeton ahead. Syracuse played a box and one on Bradley. In the next game, the semifinals of that tournament, Princeton led No. 1 Michigan, whose star was Bradley’s future Knick teammate, Cazzie Russell, by 16 with 4 and a half minutes to go when Bradley fouled out. He had scored 41 points. Michigan came back to win 80-78. (By the way, St. John’s beat Michigan, 75-74, in the tournament’s championship game.)

    Unlike Steve, I did not switch loyalties to Pistol Pete or anyone else. Bill Bradley remains my favorite. I still think he’d be a good president, and maybe if he had been on the Democratic ticket as Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, instead of the faux Democrat who was the vice presidential nominee, we would have been spared the terrible policy decisions of the past 6 and a half years.


  5. Jim – –

    Wow! That was a good take! Must have been the Old Garden, right? The backcourt of Bing and Boeheim vs the backcourt of Bradley and Gary Walters. Pretty good! Bing could defintely play today!


  6. Nelson said

    steve, i love it! you’re like a, uh, poet of presidential peregrinations on the parquet 😉


  7. Ed Wolf said

    No love for Tom McMillen? Former NBA-er and Congressman from Maryland (i think)? He was easily the best politician-player we’ve had. Other than Dino Radja who since his retirement from basketball has served two terms in the Croatian National Assembly (representing the district of Duvnokaracek)


  8. “Easily the best politician-player we’ve had”? Best politician is up for “debate” but he wasn’t anywhere near the player in college, for sure, nor the NBA, for that matter, than Bradley. McMillen, for one, never averaged double figures (close many times). Many while Bradley was in double figures many years in a row, including 15+/ppg a couple of years. Plus, he was on championship teams. Don’t recall McMillen’s politics but I’ve always respected Bradley’s thoughtfulness, and sense of fairness, at least.


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