Obama’s Team Wins By `Like 20′ — Election Day Chicago Hoops

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President-elect Barack Obama steps out of his vehicle as he arrives at the University of Chicago Lab School to play basketball on Nov. 23, 2008.

Updated at 4:45 pm EST

President Barack Obama played basketball today at the same Chicago gym where he played on Election Day 2008.

He was joined in the afternoon game by staff and friends including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a former Chicago schools superintendent, the president’s former personal assistant Reggie Love and friends Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt, and Scottie Pippen, a former Chicago Bull.

The Attack Athletics facility, acquired by an investor in a foreclosure auction, is in the process of being donated to a Christian high school, according to the Chicago Real Estate Daily Web site.

Illinois Democrat Alexi Giannoulias also was playing, according to his Twitter message @Giannoulias about the lineup: “Okay, good news: Pippen and B.O. are both on my team! Reggie, Sec Duncan- here we come…”

Giannoulias provided this post-game report: Two five-player teams played four 12-minute quarters.

Referees were brought in to call fouls.

The president’s team won by “like 20,” with a score of “like 102, 105, 108 or so to 80-something.”

Obama coached his team, which included Giannoulias and Pippen.  Duncan, Nesbitt and Randy Brown played on the other side.

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

Giannoulias scored 32, he said, and Pippen 21.

Obama “played very well,” his friend added,  but did not say how many points he scored.





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