White House Press Pool Report: President Obama’s Basketball game

(This report is about two hours old)

Subject: pool report #9 – some basketball details


Pool Report #9


With the help of the AP’s Julie Pace, your pooler tracked down Obama hoopster Alexi Giannoulias, the former Illinois state treasurer and 2010 Democratic US Senate nominee. He gave your pooler a partial readout of the basketball game.


Per Giannoulias:


The two five-player teams played four 12-minute quarters. Referees were brought in to call fouls. Each team had substitutes, though Giannoulias did not know exactly how many. The Potus team won by “like 20,” with a score of “like 102, 105, 108 or so to 80-something.”


The teams: Obama was player-coach of his team, which also included Giannoulias and Scottie Pippen. On the other team were Arne Duncan, Marty Nesbitt and Randy Brown.


“It was a lot of fun,” Giannoulias said. “We won. I scored more points than Scottie Pippen, which was my dream come true.”


Giannoulias said Potus “played very well” but did not say how many points he scored. Giannoulias scored 32, he said, and Pippen 21.


Giannoulias declined to identify the game’s other participants.


Pooler continues in search for more details.



Reid J. Epstein