The Audacity of Hoop: Obama’s Next Job Could Be NBA Team Owner

Barack Obama, Amile Jefferson, Quinn Cook, Mike Krzyzewski, Richard Brodhead
The Associated Press

After exiting the White House next January, President Barack Obama’s next career move might be owning an NBA team.

Press secretary Josh Earnest said on Wednesday that the well-known basketball enthusiast who now resides on Pennsylvania Avenue “potentially… under the right circumstances” would pursue a role as an NBA owner.

In November, the president told GQ magazine that he “absolutely” would want to get involved in an NBA ownership capacity. ”I have fantasized about being able to put together a team and how much fun that would be,” Obama said. “I think it’d be terrific.”

Obama’s love for hoops shines every year prior to the NCAA March Madness Tournament, when he lays out his bracket picks. Critics of the Commander-in-chief think that Obama’s spending time  figuring bracket winners—“Baracketology”—seems frivolous and detracts from the important issues facing America.

Alexander Wolf in his book The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama disagrees with Obama’s critics. He writes that basketball helped Obama explore his identity, be calm under pressure, impress Michelle, and define himself as a presidential candidate in 2008.

Only time will tell if Obama journeys into the world of the NBA, but according to Earnest, the president has “discussed” the possibility.

The Washington Post postulates that because Obama roots strongly for the Chicago Bulls, they could become his next employer. However, having expressed a desire to stay in D.C. until his daughter finishes school, Obama may take his talents to the Wizards.

An Obama/Wizards scenario, the Post speculates, might help the team attract a certain D.C.-native and pending free agent by the name of Kevin Durant.