After Romeo Langford drew comparisons to Abraham Lincoln during his Monday night announcement ceremony, it’s time we discuss which U.S. Presidents would actually make good basketball players.
Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Shannon The Dude got the discussion rolling on this morning’s show. They decided on the following starting five:
G – Barack Obama
G – George W. Bush
G – Bill Clinton
F – Gerald Ford
F – Theodore Roosevelt
Ryan pushed for Abraham Lincoln as the team’s big man — he is the tallest president at 6-4 — but Matt had some concerns with Lincoln’s skillset considering he was born and died before James Naismith created the game of basketball. Gerald Ford ultimately got the nod as the fifth addition to the team, which means Team POTUS will have to play small ball.
Me, I think Dwight Eisenhower has to be on the court. He played running back at West Point so I trust him in transition and knowing how to split holes in the defense. Obama is an obvious inclusion because he’s a regular on the basketball court, and I think Ford makes my cut because he won two NCAA football championships at Michigan, so he’s a proven winner.
As for my other two, I think I have to go with Lincoln for his size. He’d obviously be a work in progress, but I think rebounding and shot-blocking would come natural. I also like what he’s done with his Lincoln High School basketball program in Brooklyn, which is where young stars like Lance Stephenson and Sebastian Telfair once shined on the New York scene. For my fifth, give me Donald Trump because he’s in the best shape, he says.
Give us your starting five in the comments section below.
Listen to the President talk around the 16:30 mark in Hour 2 of today’s podcast:
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