"I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did," Obama said in an interview with
The president explained that his Education secretary,
"It's a great story, and what's interesting is the fact that somehow folks were missing it in practice," he said. "You got to assume that during scrimmages he was running that pick-and-roll pretty well."
Now let's rewind a bit. The president did an interview with Bill "The Sports Guy" Simmons?
Yes, turns out he did. Chalk it up to the advantage of incumbency. While his Republican rivals are out tearing one another to pieces, and focusing on more conservative media outlets and
In this case, it's clear that the president is quite the sports geek.
Obama told Simmons he has the
He offered a rosy assessment of his hometown team's chances this year, saying the
He's been thinking for five years about hosting an NBA champion Bulls team at the
He even talked about playing a game of HORSE with former UConn standout
"Maya is annoyed that I point out that I beat her. She was wearing high heels and a skirt at the time, so I'm not sure if that counts."
Simmons also talked with Obama about his golf game, his hope for a college football playoff, and throwing out ceremonial first pitches at baseball games, something he said is "about the most stressful thing" he does.
Here are some more highlights of the interview.
On the Bulls' chances: "Deng seems more confident. Boozer is in better shape.
On whether people hold back when playing basketball with him: "No, because I'm always getting knocked around. I don't know what people are talking about. Reggie Love, my former aide who played at Duke and he's now getting his MBA, he answered anybody who said that people took it easy on me when they played with me. He said, nobody takes it easy on Obama because if he beats them, they won't hear the end of it. And it's true."
On his golf game: "I am very proud of the fact I do not cheat when I'm playing golf. Anybody who plays with me, they'll say I count my strokes. I count my strokes. I don't -- I'm not getting five-foot gimme putts."
On a college football playoff: "I'd rather see it eight teams, but four is a good place to start. I think that gets us on the right trend. Nothing is more frustrating than at the end of the season, nobody knows who won. And what, there is some poll? Coaches make a decision? Nobody knows what that means. Because part of what makes sports great, part of what makes
On throwing out a baseball first pitch: "It is about the most stressful thing. ... You've got to wear this bulky vest, and what happens is, they just hand you the ball. They say, 'Here,' and you walk up. If you had three tries, you'd be fine. You'd throw a fast strike somewhere in there. But if it's that first ball, each time I go up there my thinking is, All right, I'm just going to blaze this thing in. And then I'm thinking, Man, if I throw a grounder that's going to be a problem. So then I end up kind of lofting it up a little bit."
On his pick for
On advice for Blake Griffin he gave Chris Paul recently: "I said, man, Blake Griffin is unbelievable, and you guys seem to be really clicking. I said, the only thing is you got to tell Blake to just take that 12-, 15-footer when he gets it because he's got a good stroke, but he always looks like he's hesitating a little bit because he wants to go inside. And if he starts getting that shot like Karl Malone, he'll be unstoppable. I will point out that I think he's been taking more outside jumpers. That's good. He's got to work on that shot, and he's going to be — he could be the best power forward ever if he develops it."
You can read the full transcript here.