Magic Johnson: Top 10 Stars Who Should Play Hoops With Barack Obama Next

Jon StarSenior Writer IAugust 9, 2010

Magic Johnson: Top 10 Stars Who Should Play Hoops With Barack Obama Next

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    Magic Johnson grabbed headlines over the weekend when he was in Washington to play basketball with President Barack Obama in an event for wounded troops.

    The leader of the Los Angeles Lakers "Showtime" teams and the leader of the free world traded in their suits for shorts and sneakers for a good cause. But Magic's performance with President Obama got us thinking about what other current NBA stars should match up up with the President.

John Wall

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    Nothing would welcome the Wizards new franchise centerpiece like heading to the White House for a showdown on the presidential hardwood. 

    Of course, the President is old enough to be Wall's father and breaking the President's ankles could go down as a crime, but bringing in the 2010 top overall pick would certainly give President Obama a workout.

LeBron James

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    This is an obvious choice. The biggest player on the free-agent market against the biggest figure in the country. 

    LeBron's cabinet features players Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, and others.  Perhaps the pair could talk about meeting extremely high expectations. 

Chris Bosh

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    You've got to figure this would be a reasonable matchup for the President. Bosh, like the Commander in Chief is a tall, somewhat lanky player who can post up under the basket. 

    You have to think that during President Obama's heyday his game was something like Bosh's. 

Kevin Durant

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    Talk about lengthy and rangy.  Kevin Durant is the perfect physical matchup for the President. However, could the President have the footwork to stay with Durant as he's popping off turn-around and step-back jumpers from all over the floor?

    President Obama likes to talk about the future.  Well, he can get a good, up close and personal look at the future of the NBA.

Tim Duncan

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    We throw the President somewhat of a bone here and give him an older player who has lost a step or two.  Tim Duncan gives the President a chance to work on his post game.

    Of course, Tim Duncan has the height advantage but Duncan probably has the knees of a 45-year-old man at this point. That should level the playing field.

Steve Nash

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    Steve Nash could be to President Obama like he was for Amar'e Stoudemire.  Now, it may be tough for the President to keep up with the run-and-gun Nash, but the tandem could develop a good inside-out game or even a pick-and-roll offense.

Derrick Rose

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    You can see the headline already, "Hometown Boy Makes Good—Only Beats President by 15."

    If one were to ask President Obama who is favorite player is right now, he'd likely name Chicago's rising star and native son. 

Dwyane Wade

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    Wade is another Chicago native son so it figures that President Obama would give him the chance for either a little one-on-one action or have Wade show the President how he'll run an offense with Chris Bosh. 

Kevin Garnett

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    It's amazing to think it's been that long but Kevin Garnett is now one of the elder statesmen of the game.  He and the President would give any team a nice, tall duo in the front court.  One has to figure they would at least make for a strong rebounding combination. 

Kobe Bryant

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    Because why wouldn't the President and Kobe Bryant share the court?

    Kobe is the defining player of today's NBA.  You don't go to the King's court (in this case Kobe) and not ask him to lace 'em up.