Obama’s Hoops: Two for 22 — So Much For Home-Court Advantage

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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia and The Easter Bunny, cheer on as children race to roll eggs as they participate in the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2013.

Updated at 1:15 pm EDT
It was bad enough that President Barack Obama already was “busted” in his NCAA bracket.

Most of his early tournament picks fell, and last week his No. 1 pick, Indiana, was defeated.

Yet, under a sunny sky and mild April weather, the president himself faced a near shut-out with a home-court advantage today at the White House, as Obama played host to the annual Easter Egg Roll with some humility at the hoop.

The president took to the court with kids and some Washington Wizards as well.

He stepped to the  free throw line.

In sharp form, the print pooler assures us, the president released the ball.

It bounced off the rim and circled it, a miss.

“Come on. Come on. Did you see that?” Obama asked.

A little while later, after some tennis, the president, pros and kids returned to the hoop.

Official pooler’s report: “Miss. Miss. off the rim. Miss. Miss. Off the rim. Air ball…”

The president moved in closer.

In 22 shots, he made two.


Handing the ball off to a boy, Obama asked for some help. The boy laid it up.

“He couldn’t make one,  said Kahron Campbell, 10, of Landover, Maryland. “I had to help him out.”

The White House fielded a question about the president’s performance at the daily press briefing.

“The president probably doesn’t get to practice as much as he’d like to,” press secretary Jay Carney said.

With thanks to Alex Leary, of the Tampa Bay Times, pooler on duty.

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