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Stern’s scouting report on Obama’s game: He’s not that good

Oct 26, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

Taped before he made that little announcement yesterday, this is David Stern sitting down with Robert Wolf and as part of the interview he uses a little bit of the sharp wit he is known for to take apart Barack Obama’s game — “he can only go one way” and “he’s not as good as he thinks he is.”

(By the way, if you’re going into the comments to write how “Obama can only go left” as a political statement, you’re not clever. Do better.)

I will agree with Stern that more players seem into politics because of Obama than I remember before. But usually players (and people in general)  tend to get more into politics as they grow older and have more responsibilities. Like Kobe Bryant said he did.

Hat tip to SLAM and Buzzfeed.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    He’s a stiff and a specialist.

    On the court and in Washington.

  2. cosanostra71 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    So his basketball skills are about equal to his governing skills.

    • progress2011 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      cosanostra maybe you are 71 friggin years old. This is not a political blog. This is where casual(me) and Fanatical sports fans, release steam and talk about irrelevant sports.

      But since you injected politics, NOBODY is willing to return to what this President brought us from:

      1. Illegal Iraqi war based on forged documents and intelligence.
      2. No WMD’s they claimed they knew where they were
      3. American Soldiers ordered to torture prisoners at Guantanamo and other bases ( against the Geneva Conventions Laws to which we are a member ).
      4. Illegal/ secret prisons ( against Geneva Conventions and other international treaties we are members of )
      5. Spying on Americans
      6. Suspending Habeas Corpus-right that an accused person detained, have the right to a quick and speedy trial/ legality of detention ( Guantanamo etc. )
      7. “Capitalist” / Private business owners were allowed to take businesses overseas. They received Billions in tax payer dollars. They received huge tax breaks under the Bush administration tax cuts. This helped contribute to joblessness and the recession because Capitalist / Private business owners took money from the tax system and never put money back into the system.
      8. Unsecured boarders, after 9/11….Bush left office and never secured U.S. boarders as he promised.
      9. Billions of tax payers dollars a month being spent on TWO loosing battles, Afghanistan and Iraq….BUSH LEFT BOTH WARS TO BE DEALT WITH BY PRESIDENT OBAMA!
      Zero dollars were budgeted for the illegal war. Dick Cheney said, the proceeds from the oil we would steal, would pay for the war. Well, the Iraqi people burned or sabotaged all the oil fields, and we made no proceeds to pay for the war. Therefore the Trillions of dollars spent over the course of the war, were all at the American Tax Payers expense…..hence the current deficit.
      10. Afghanistan achieved the largest Opium crop ever, after Bush took over the failing Democracy.
      11. The top 1% of millionaires/ Capitalists/ Private business owners earned record profits every quarter, while the middle class SUFFERED !

      You were saying !

      • thraiderskin - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        One thing you left off… Obama has failed at everything he promised, with the exception of ObamaCare, of which he used bribery to get passed. Yeah, Bush left behind war, but he also told the American people that it would be a long process, one that would out last his presidency(of course that doesn’t play out as well for the liberal talking heads). Quite honestly, if you want to talk politics, atleast be aware that this country was built through capitalism, a system designed to be big risk/big reward. Also be aware that those millionaires, they’re paying 40%+ of the taxes, make up less than 10% of the people) and are demonized by @ss bags like you on a daily basis. Did Bush fail, yeah, but not for lack of trying, this President literally was more concerned about his bracket than the economy, probably hence the 1.5% growth and several failed billion dollar investments into alt energy companies. Ask yourself, if you’re struggling, where is your bail out? Then comfort yourself with the notion that you’re not quite important enough to the liberal agenda.

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:18 AM

        No, I’m in my mid-20s. And I’m not going to go through your 11 talking points, but I will say this. Your first few points are incredibly short sighted and show that you’re basing your opinions on the previous administration only. But you are deluding yourself if you believe Obama is any different than Bush. Between the NDAA, drone strikes in Pakistan, quantitative easing, higher federal spending with an increasing debt and tons more, this administration is no different.

        Please break the two party system. Vote for a third party. I’m a Gary Johnson supporter, but if you find yourself to be a liberal, look into a candidate named Jill Stein.

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:20 AM

        and one more thing and I’ll leave it, but if you believe the so-called “1%” did better under Bush than Obama, you should read up on something called “quantitative easing”. It was pursued under both administrations but this current one seems to love it.

      • dysraw1 - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        dude you sound like a man after my own heart, so when do we start the commitee to have Bush and his gang arrested.

      • dysraw1 - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        dude you sound like a man after my own heart,so when do we start the committee to have Bush and his gang arrested

      • rg3isvictory - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:46 AM

        Progress2011- you do realize that most if not everything you mentioned in your 11 point presentation is still going on, right?

        Also, your point on taxes lost is full of ignorance and invalid! Taxes are taken by force from hard workers and successful businesses, not to create jobs but to pay for failing Socialist policies. The truth is that liberals are too jealous hating successful people to acknowledge that taxing those businesses less, getting rid of minimum wage & lessening regulations would springboard the economy in upward direction better than Bush & Obamas bailouts!
        Like cosanosra71, when I opened my eyes & ears, what I found was that the difference between Obama & Romney is that Romneys less of a Socialist. 3rd Party is needed!

        Ron Paul 2012
        Rand Paul 2016

      • progress2011 - Oct 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM


        The fact that you mention Ron Paul and Rand Paul as valid options, when Ron Paul is not even on the ballot…..concludes, your level of intellect (lack there of) is not worth responding too.

        Have Yo Momma, re-read my FACTS to you and why you should in-fact ask her to vote for the President, since you are not of age !

    • elComandanteenJefe - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      At least someone here is on point!

  3. progress2011 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    So, how good something or someone is, is always relative to what it is compared to, ex:

    President Obama vs a young (half his age) skilled athelete/ basketball player = He’s not that good

    President Obama vs David Stern in a pick up game = He will look like Michael friggin Jordan ….ahahahah

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      My old man is 60 and still plays, and would run circles around this wiry stiff.

    • cosanostra71 - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      Hey, I’ll at least give Obama credit for still trying. I hope I am still hooping at age 50.

  4. jaydoubleyou22 - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    If Obama’s basketball skills played a pickup game with his presidential skills, his basketball skills would look like Michael friggin Jordan.

    But in the end it would be considered a tie because Obama’s presidential skills would demand a redistribution of the points.

  5. buccobrigade - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Bad news for Obummer, because he isn’t that good of a president either

  6. raider2124 - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    He is not an athlete. He bowled a 13. Who bowls a 13. The pickup games were a rouse to be with his boy toy Reggie love

    • blueintown - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Who judges athleticism based on a bowling score?

      • phaden27 - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        Blue that literally made me fall out of my chair.

  7. progress2011 - Oct 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Mr. Wrong….

    PROVE IT….You can make any claim, on a blog you like. Doesn’t make it true unless you can prove it.

    Get your old man, outta his bottle of moonshine, change his diaper, put him in sweats and call the Presidents secret service to see if they will let him play the father of a social misfit.

    But this will never happen, cause the President has more important things to do, than prove his athleticism.

    He has to further return us from what was left by the Bush administration, such as:

    12. Failure to adequately respond to national emergencies domestically, Katrina.
    13. Outing CIA agents and protecting the guilty Scooter Libby from going to prison. Invoked Executive Privilege to protect Dick Cheney and him self.
    14. Over 4,000 of my fellow soldiers HONORABLY died….based on dishonorable lies to get us into the war.
    15. September 2008 ( 2 months before he leaves office ) the failed Bush administration posts a $ 407 BILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT !
    16. September 2008 ( 2 months before he leaves office ) the failed Bush administration policies have led to a 6.1 % Unemployment rate. The highest in 5 years. And record home foreclosures.
    17. September 2008 ( 2 months before Bush leaves office ) 600,000 jobs lost in 2008 alone !
    18. September 2008 the biggest financial collapse in American history since the Great Depression. According to Websters Dictionary a Depression is: A sustained economic recession, in which the nations GNP ( Gross National Product ) falls, and is marked by low production and sales, high rate of business failures and unemployment.
    19. Bush and the Capitalist Republicans lead the deregulation of Wall Street and banks, signed into law by George Bush, supported by John McCain lead the nation on the brink of bankruptcy. Economists confirm John McCains economic advisor Phil Gramm was the mastermind behind the deregulation, that allowed banks to take risks, commit predatory lending practices etc. Gramm’s successful effort to pass banking reform laws in 1999, which reduced decades-old regulations separating banking, insurance and brokerage activities, helped to create the economic crisis. When the collapse started, Phil Gramm said “ America is a Nation of whiners “ .
    20. The failed Bush administrations economic policies led them now to take more working class Americans money and raise taxes by asking for a 700 BILLION dollar bail out of the financial system, after all their millionaire Capitalist/ Private business owner friends made their billions and escaped. Economists suggest this is the newest Savings and Loan scandal, which John McCain played a large role in as well. McCains friend Charles Keating was convicted of Racketeering and John McCain was disciplined by the Senate Ethics Committee for using “ Bad Judgment “ . The Savings and Loan Scandal cost American Tax Payers (working class Americans) $124.6 Billion Dollars !

    • jgib23 - Oct 27, 2012 at 4:10 AM

      @progress2011- even if all your points were 100% accurate, Obama knew the situation he was stepping into and campaigned for the spot. You think he should get graded on a curve but, made a lot of promises that he didn’t keep and most people are judging him on his record not his record compared to Bush.

      George Bush is not running for office.

      During George Bush’s last 2 years in office and Obama’s first 2 years, Congress was controlled by Democrats. So ignoring who was actually president and looking at who can really drive change- which party was in charge for the 4 worst years since the Great Depression?

  8. heathater4lifeson - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    4 more years.

  9. dalucks - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Some fans would say the same thing about Stern’s tenure as commisioner. Good riddance.

  10. raider2124 - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    I could bowl a 13 with my foot.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      Wouldn’t you have to take it out of your mouth first?

  11. money2long - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    in case you guys haven’t heard this by now:

    “Trump offered to give $5 million to the charity of Obama’s choice if the president publicly releases his college transcripts from Columbia, Harvard and Occidental College, as well as his passport records by Oct. 31.”

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      My god that is some partisan crap trying to drum up BS.

    • philtration - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      And Steven Cobert offered Trump $1 million if Trump would let him dip his balls in Trump’s mouth.
      What is your point? (other than your head)

  12. akmgiants - Oct 26, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    4 more years

  13. raider2124 - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    He wasn’t that good in high school either. He couldn’t start on a team with five foot Hawaiians. A pathetic athlete, a pathetic leader and above all a marxists America hating Muslim

  14. Tim's Neighbor - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Raider… A nice racist comment followed by unintelligible garbage possibly supporting a conspiracy theory? Congrats. You did it. You nailed the “How to Make the Worst Post of the Day” Trifecta.

  15. dwirk - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    How’d that post by raider get through the moderator?

  16. philswfc08 - Oct 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    He couldn’t beat my grandmother…you see him throw out first pitch for Nats a few years ago? No “athlete” throws like a girl like that…

  17. sinister23 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM


    You watch your MFGD MOUTH when you talk about that war! I’m DAMN proud of serving my country…they should have cut your head off on tape…those savages DESERVED everything they got you sorry piece of trash

  18. josh928 - Oct 27, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    What starts as a sports story (albeit barely sports) turns into a bunch of idiots wanting to duel it out on who can put down the others president more. And at the end of it all you’ve earned……nothing. Save the energy losers.

  19. dalucks - Oct 27, 2012 at 1:16 AM


    That was a great explanation of the situation President Obama inherited and has been dealing with the last four years. Keep up the good work, I am glad to see some people educate themselves on the details instead of believing propaganda.

  20. kavika6 - Oct 27, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    “he’s not as good as he thinks he is.”

    The definition of his presidency but he has too many people fooled.

  21. mannyicey - Oct 27, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Wasn’t going to even comment, but since I’ve been banned for being too clever, I guess I’ll give it a shot and say that this is merely political pandering for popularity. To write a piece about Obama’s basketball game in a ProBasketball blog is like talking about Romney’s running form in Off the Bench. Just because you did it in high school doesn’t make you good.

    And if Obama actually WAS that good of a player, he would have been in the NBA, not politics. The same way that Romney would have been in the Olympics in Track and Field, and not Dressage.

  22. jaydoubleyou22 - Oct 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Can somebody tell Obama, “Progress” and half the people on this blog that Obama is not running against Bush in 2012… and he didn’t run against Bush in 2008 either.

    Seriously, why do I care about your 20 point essay related to Bush? Is it Bush’s fault that Obama sucks at being a president? If you believe that, you probably think it’s Bush’s fault that Obama’s not that good at basketball either.

    but then again, maybe you’re on to something. I say it was Carter’s fault that Bush sucked.

  23. progress2011 - Oct 29, 2012 at 3:49 AM


    Silly-boy…Everyone that has a brain, understands President Obama is still cleaning up, the MESS, President Bush left.

    I did not provide you with the detailed notes because I think he’s running against Bush.

    I provided you with that info, as a reminder of what he had to overcome, to make this country somewhat solvent again !

    He deserves credit for:

    1. Bringing the culprit to justice responsible for the American tragedy. As a Patriotic American, this alone is reason for re-election ……PERIOD !!!

    2. Re-Regulating Wall Street to prevent further corruption that caused the collapse
    3. Removing our troops from the combat zones, on-time
    4. Establishing a National Health Care Plan

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