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Maybe it’s contagious: Wizards play with Obama, his shot goes cold

Apr 1, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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Maybe it’s just something about the Wizards.

The Wizards’ biggest names — John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and Emeka Okafor — got to play ball with Barack Obama Monday after the White House annual Easter egg roll event. And the Commander in Chief went ice cold, according to J. Michael at He missed about 13 shots in a row.

But he did knock down his last jumper.

“People got nervous at the moment,” Nene said as the President kept missing. “The message is never quit. He made the last shot. It took a while, but he made the last shot.”

Beal blushed when talking about it.

“He missed a lot in a row. We told him to move in a little bit. He missed a lay up. It got out of control,” Beal said. “He was in slacks and he had a collared shirt on. He’s got a few excuses he can use. It was my first time ever going over there. …. That’s a tremendous thing. Not a lot of people have that honor.”

What happened to the president’s midrange game? I think it’s just the Wizards rubbing off on him.

Washington is not a great shooting team — 23rd in NBA in overall team eFG% (which gives shooters a percentage point bump for making threes). They are a solid three point shooting team — 36.5 percent, 11th best in the NBA — but they hit just 37.2 percent of their shots from 10-15 feet (second worst percentage in the NBA) and 34.6 percent from 16 feet out to the arc (again second worst in the NBA).

As I imagine Obama wasn’t hanging out at the arc playing Ray Allen, my guess is he was shooting midrange jumpers at first and just being around the Wizards players made those rim out.

Beal, by the way, almost went House Republican on the president.

“I was about to offer some political tips,” he said with a smile. “Lower some taxes.”

Said like a newly minted 19-year-old millionaire.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    With that ugly Laimbeer set shot, he could have shot with the Curry family and still been WAY OFF.

  2. timb12 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    What’s with all the Wizards articles? 3 today, you’d think they were the Heat or the Lakers.

  3. ausernamethatisavailable - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Or he just sux.

  4. llfreedman - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Someone obviously didn’t watch the Wizards on Sunday night. Winning by 20 for most of the game against Toronto. Beal was 6-9 from three off the bench. Wiz are the best.

  5. rickyspanish - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    This article goes great with previous “Wizards Making Late-Season Push” article.

  6. eagles512 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    He’s just not very good-just like he’s not really a big sports fan. Not his fault-it’s just the way his people want him portrayed.

  7. phaden27 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    What exactly is an Easter egg roll?
    Does it have lamb or ham in it?

  8. aldavis4president - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:30 AM


    So George W isn’t a baseball fan? His people just wanted to portray him that way? Smh you don’t think a grown man who grew up in Chicago (Michael Jordan) grew up watching a little basketball back in the day? Smh

  9. fnc111 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    I guess it’s fitting. 13 missed shots in a row for him yesterday. One for everything he has missed on while lazing around the white house. 1. Obamacare 2. Immigration reform 3. Benghazi 4. National debt 5. Not putting together a budget 6. Playing golf with serial cheater Tiger Woods 7. Etc…… Look on the bright side the cold streak stopped at 13. Could’ve been worse for him and us.

  10. saint1997 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:44 AM

    But John wall and Beal are the opposite of the house republicans? They’re pass first, republicans won’t pass a thing. (zing)

  11. seanb20124 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Bradley Beal needs to shut up and pay his fair share

  12. fnc111 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I pay my fair share rigan

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