Everybody knows that Barack Obama likes to play a little basketball when he gets the time, with the world summits and the State of the Union addresses and whatnot. However, the lengthy lefty has apparently stacked his cabinet with enough talent to put together a decent pick-up squad, too (I hope you’re now vividly imagining Hillary Clinton with a wily jump hook like I am.)
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan showcased an extensive skill-set at the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game that kicked off All-Star weekend Friday night in Orlando. Duncan was a former Harvard basketball player who played professionally overseas, and apparently pick-up games with the POTUS has kept his skills rather sharp.
Duncan put on a clinic in craft on his way to 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals, though comedian Kevin Hart would go on to win the MVP. He did it all while rocking the No. 26 jersey and raising awareness for continued education, as someone drops out of high school every 26 seconds in the United States of America.
Duncan’s cause received added praise during a halftime interview with LeBron James who has led the NBA’s campaign to keep kids in school in a season-long advertising campaign designed to raise awareness. LeBron famously chose to forego an opportunity to receive a college education in lieu of an NBA contract, but James has consistently cited his high school diploma as a defining factor in his life.
Representing an East squad coached by Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, Duncan put up a LeBron like stat line as the East cruised to a dominant 86-54 victory. The Celebrity All-Star Game aired on ESPN and was a prelude to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge which airs tonight on TNT at 9:00 p.m.