Former President Barack Obama's fake basketball legend continues to grow with each passing season. Thanks to suck-up, Left-stream media enthralled with his obsession about something, like his presidency, that he was never much good at. Newsweek features a story that's more about Obama than the tribute he made to the Miami Heat's retiring guard Dwyane Wade. The friend to NBA players everywhere fudges on his own basketball "career" and Newsweek writer Dan Cancian let it slide right by.
While figuratively patting himself on the back, Obama recorded a short video wishing Wade well, but as is his custom, the former president implied that he, too, could have been a player, if only physical limitations hadn't stopped him:
“Congratulations on a great run,” the former president said in a video message for the 37-year-old, which the Heat posted on their Twitter account.
“I know what you’re going through, because saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy. I’ve been there.
“In my case, though, I didn’t really have a choice. My knees were shot so I had to give up basketball forever.”
Obama also says Wade sacrificed his ego for the benefit of the team, something the ex-president never sacrificed.
Was it knee problems that kept Obama from gracing NCAA Tournaments and NBA arenas with his pals Kobe, D Wade and LeBron, or was it something else? A Reuters story in 2010 reported Obama had occasional pain in his left knee, but it didn't stop him from daily workouts, including jogging, golf, basketball and lifting weights.
It is common knowledge that Obama rode the bench for his high school varsity basketball team, Punahou School, in Hawaii. His hoop dreams ended early in his life, and the only two things he has going for him as far as basketball connections are the access he had as president to the NBA's elite and a media devoted to growing "Basketball Barack" to mythic proportions.
Look at this video of Obama "laying bricks," missing 20 of 22 shots. He appears to be more in need of eyeglasses than knee replacement surgery.
Talk has always come cheap for Obama, who also claimed his administration was scandal-free. He's been called "basketball cool" by actual players who liked his politics and access to the White House. He laced up his sneakers to throw the rock with powerful congressmen and some of the game's best collegians and pros. Sometimes they actually guarded him; sometimes they followed orders to give him open lanes to the bucket.
As Obama's tenure in the White House was coming to an end, Sports Illustrated reviewed his "intimate history with the game of basketball." The caption below an SI photo says, "Following the court's rules, Barack Obama lays in a left-handed layup rather than throwing down a slam in 2007." Barack Obama "contests a shot" by Sports Illustrated writer, Obama going with the jump hook over the SI writer. Basketball legends have now been downgraded to include those who can score on sports writers.
Obama could talk smack with the stars of the hardwood, but he also had an ulterior motive for his schmoozing with basketball, as well as football, pros: community organizing for his social justice projects. The president fullcourt pressed James and fhe Seattle Seahawks; Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson to plug Obamacare for him.
With all these Obama contributions to the great game of basketball, can the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame find a place for Brick Layer Barack, bad knees and all? Think it's far-fetched? All it would take would be for his name to get placed on the ballot, and the voters would likely take the bait. Springfield is the ultimate destination for basketball legends.