What to Watch for During Charles Barkley's Interview with Barack Obama

Tim KeeneyContributor IFebruary 14, 2014

President Barack Obama looks to Miami Heat forward LeBron James as he welcomes the NBA basketball champion Miami Heat, to the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Charles Barkley interviewed Barack Obama. 

Just let that sink in for a little bit. During the power foward's 16-year NBA career—during which he established himself as one of the most dominant physical forces in the NBA but also showcased highly controversial mannerismswas there ever a moment where you thought to yourself, "yeah, that guy's going to interview the President of the United States?"

Somehow, though, it has come to fruition. 

On Thursday, the Round Mound of Rebound and the POTUS sat down for an extensive conversation at the White House. And according to an official release, via NBA.com, the interview will air during TNT's pre-game coverage of the All-Star game on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.  

The NBA on TNT Twitter feed gave a slight teaser of the interview:

So, besides the mere fact that this is one of the greatest pairings ever, what should you watch for?

Not many details have surfaced about the interview, but according to the release, one of the topics of conversation surrounds the debate of LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan. 

Obama, a former Senator from Illinois and well-known Chicago Bulls fan, gave his thoughts on the matter:

You know LeBron. I know LeBron. When you are standing next to him, and then you watch him close up, I've never seen somebody that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who is that strong, who has that much basketball savvy all in one package.

So we don't yet know where he is going to be. Now, I'm a Chicago guy and Mike will always be the guy, for me, just because that was a magical moment for the city. And he was a champion. Mike is now retired. LeBron, when you look at him, you think he might be able to play at a high level for another seven, eight, 10 years. He's 29 years old. In terms of every aspect of the game, LeBron has a chance to be as good as anybody.

Throughout his term-and-a-half, Obama has been very candid about his love for sports, and in particular, basketball. It has become apparent that he knows the game extremely well, and to get his opinion on one of the most heated debates is undoubtedly compelling. 

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Hopefully he expands on the topic a little more than that quote. 

Of course, the interview won't only cover sports. Per the release, everything from health care reform to the new "My Brothers Keeper" initiative will be discussed. 

Now, whether or not politics actually wet your whistle is irrelevant. It will be intriguing to see how Barkley, who is more often than not known for the comedic traits he brings to the table, can keep up during a political discussion. 

Chances are, he'll do better than most are expecting. Don't forget that the former MVP is quite interested in that side of the world, and at one time, he planned on running for governor of Alabama in 2014. 

When it comes down to it, this is an interview that features two men with captivating personalities sitting down and talking openly about a wide array of subjects. 

Sign me up.