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Which U.S. Presidents can ball? Give us your five.

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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Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

38 Comments for Which U.S. Presidents can ball? Give us your five.



  1. JTHinton
    1:14 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Taft as an old school center



  2. Duuuuuude
    1:15 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Hell, Gerald Ford played Center and Linebacker for the Michigan Wolverines. He had offers to play for Green Bay and Detroit. Not sure why he did not get more love.



  3. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:16 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Living up to the billing…..in the most ridiculous manner possible.



  4. RackEmWillie
    1:16 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    G- Dwight Eisenhower
    G- JFK
    G- Barack Obama
    F- Teddy Roosevelt
    F- Abe Lincoln

    Teddy and Abe would be physical in the paint, Dwight could easily run the floor. And I think JFK and Obama could be good pull up shooters.



  5. God Family UK
    1:25 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Bill Clinton would be to busy with the cheerleaders to ever be able to play in a game.



  6. nybrasky
    1:45 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Jesus Shuttlesworth was pretty good for Lincoln High School too.



  7. chrislarkey
    1:56 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    PG-Ford
    SG-Washington, he did kill the British with his shots
    SF-IKE-Killed the Germans with his skill
    SF-Reagan-beat the Russians at own game
    C- TRUMP-because he is the best period.

    coach-Abe

    organize the game–Obama–thats all he could ever do anyway.



    • BBNDan7
      2:42 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      You should probably remember this starting 5 the next time you want to complain about Calipari starting someone who doesn’t deserve it just so he doesn’t give up hope on them



    • cats646
      5:59 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      That argument made no sense dan. Take your hurt feelings and go sit in the corner.



  8. Reese Davis
    2:12 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    PG- H.W Bush – great college athlete
    SG- Trump – was a good athlete back in the day
    SF- Reagan – solid college athlete
    SF- Eisenhower- great college football player
    C – Woodrow Wilson



    • JoeMoney333
      2:33 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      Trump wasn’t good. He was the best. The greatest player you’ve ever seen. He has basketball talent you wouldn’t believe.



    • chief_cat
      2:41 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      Can’t go with Trump. His hands are too small. 🙂



  9. MadHatter
    2:28 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    PG: W
    SG: Obummer
    SF: JFK
    PF: Teddy
    C: Trump

    Coach: Reagan



    • Mathlete
      3:02 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      Going with Ryan’s philosophy of having as many big butt guys in the post as possible, eh?



  10. Stump
    2:34 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Obama? you guys are joking, right? https://youtu.be/4IjDqm-JHrA



    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      2:40 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      Do you think Trump has ever shot a basketball?



    • Stump
      2:48 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      You must not have understood my comment. Watch the video. Do you understand that?



    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      4:21 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      Obama missing shots does not equal Trump making shot. Do you understand THAT?



  11. HackRichards
    2:56 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    PG – John Quincy Adams
    SG – Barack Obama
    SF – John F Kennedy
    PF – Andrew Jackson
    C- Gerald Ford
    6th Man – Ronald Reagan
    Coach – Theodore Roosevelt
    Water Boy – Donald Trump
    Jock Strap Adjuster – James Buchanon
    Bartender – Ulysses S. Grant
    Chief of Security – Harry S. Truman
    Chief Custodian – Andrew Johnson



    • HackRichards
      2:58 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      OH I almost forgot –
      Cheer Coach – William Jefferson Clinton



  12. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:57 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Reagan was an actor…he HAS to be included for his ability to draw charges.



    • Mathlete
      3:02 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      I’m assuming that means K is coaching?



  13. Duuuuuude
    3:29 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Gerald Ford was a one and done. One term I mean.



  14. Elwood BLU
    3:32 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Lincoln as the center due to his height and nasty hook shot.



  15. Ridge Runner
    3:40 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Haaa.. Great stuff



  16. Ridge Runner
    3:42 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Flashback the way KSR used to be… I expect sexinnursinghomes to chime in any minute.



    • Stump
      3:56 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

      What happened to that guy? Used to on here all the time.



  17. Headhurts
    4:05 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    If u included VP’s then u would have a great team.



  18. nschulte13
    4:12 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    PG: Theodore Roosevelt – he’s 5’10, he wouldn’t be good inside, but I bet his on the ball defense would be great.
    Wings: W, Obama, Clinton, got to go positionless
    C: LBJ – now he’s Ryan’s big butt guy, LBJ would throw some elbows down low.
    Bench: Eisenhower and Ford.



  19. Wade
    5:05 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Abraham with the slam over tricky dick!!!!! Fn awesome!!!!



  20. Wade
    5:06 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Oh that was Ronald need glasses



  21. ukcats1776.90
    5:31 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    SG- Obama (for obvious reasons – the same reasons all “totally not racist” Democrats think hes good at basketball
    PG – Jefferson – smartest President
    SF – Nixon – Slippery Rick would be hard to pin down on the baseline
    PF – Trump – tenacious competitor who you would have to use the Ref to contain (a la the elites trying to use the FBI to stop)
    C – Reagan – anyone who can clean up super-liberal Carters mess would have no trouble cleaning up missed shots



  22. TBW3011
    6:03 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    That’s tough. We know Obama can’t play a lick though. We have video evidence.



  23. UK Fan In Nashville
    7:05 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Hard to chose from Washington/Jackson/Eisenhower/Grant for point guard duties because they are all great floor generals. Lincoln for obs reasons at Center. Obama at shooting guard since he’s the only president that has actually played basketball. JFK/Clinton at the wing because they were players on and off the court. Teddy would be the power forward, not because of height but because he was an enforcer. FDR would be the captain of the wheel chair team.



  24. jonthes
    7:36 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    It was Bush I who was an athlete, played baseball at Yale. W, who got in on a legacy exemption (a terrible student), was a cheerleader. At Yale that’s not like it is at UK. It meant he could lift a megaphone. Maybe.



  25. BNClay
    8:18 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    That subtle James Buchanon joke is classic.



  26. Philthy
    9:25 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    This team would be easy to defend. Republicans can only go right; Democrats can only go left.



  27. TeddyBluegrass
    11:18 pm May 2, 2018 Permalink

    Definitely not Kennedy or Lincoln they couldn’t keep their heads in the game even if they wanted to.