President Obama Has 'Discussed' Becoming NBA Owner

President Barack Obama plays basketball during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House March 28, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
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We all know President Barack Obama loves him some basketball.

And, according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the president has "discussed" maybe becoming the owner of an NBA franchise, ESPN reports.


Earnest spoke about the president's interest during a White House press briefing after he was asked if Obama would ever be interested in becoming the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

Earnest responded by saying that even though Obama loves the Chicago White Sox, his home team, he would be more interested in becoming an NBA owner.

"I think the president has discussed previously that he would have an interest, potentially, if the opportunity arose under the right circumstances, to be part of an ownership group of an NBA franchise," Earnest told reporters at the Wednesday briefing. "So the president is obviously a big NBA fan. So I don’t know if that kind of opportunity will present itself, but I suspect that's something that he would enjoy.

And indeed, Obama has previously flirted with the notion, telling GQ magazine that he would "absolutely" want to take part in owning an NBA team.


"I have fantasized about being able to put together a team and how much fun that would be. I think it’d be terrific," Obama told GQ.

Read more at ESPN.

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