President Obama, fulfilling his election-day tradition, played a pick-up basketball game with friends and a former NBA great on Tuesday. The president played hoops at Attack Athletics, a 65,000 sq. foot facility on West Harrison St. in Chicago. Obama was reportedly joined by former Chicago Bulls players Scottie Pippen and Randy Brown, plus friends and members of his staff. The President arrived at 1:07 p.m. local time according to pool reports, although reporters were not allowed into the building to watch POTUS' run -- they were banished to their pool reporter van outside the facility. Obama's day was largely about multiple satellite interviews with television stations in swing states, and a visit to his Chicago campaign office. But the afternoon run continued an apparently needed tradition for the nation's 44th President. USA Today reported the president skipped only one election day pick-up game, in 2008. That was the day he lost the New Hampshire primary to Hillary Rodham-Clinton. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan played with the president and after the game commented to USA Today:"He's in great spirits. He feels really good. He was really loose. He was cracking jokes and talking trash and having a good time. It was really, really fun. It's the one place where he can just hang out, so it's a really good break for him."
SACRAMENTO, CA -- An MRI taken Monday night at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento revealed that forward Omri Casspi suffered a strain of the right plantaris tendon during practice on Monday.
He is expected to miss up to two weeks of action.
The eight-year NBA veteran is averaging 5.9 points (.453 FG%, .379 3pt%, .571 FT%), 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18 minutes per contest this season.
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After wearing out his welcome in Boston, Dallas and Sacramento, Rajon Rondo is doing the same in Chicago.
The veteran point guard, who was benched for five games at the end of December and beginning of January, opened up his situation in Chicago during a recent interview.
While talking about what could possibly be the problem with the Bulls, Rondo brought up his one season with the Kings.
“It’s just, maybe, the personnel in this situation. I mean, last year -- I hate to keep talking about last year -- but you couldn’t name three people on my team, the Sacramento Kings, and I led the league in assists. You know? I don’t know. I believe so (that his skill set still has value), given the right personnel and the flow of the game," Rondo told TNT's David Aldridge last week.
While the Kings were mired in a 33-49 season in 2015-16, Rondo racked up an NBA-leading 11.7 assists per game. Russell Westbrook was second with 10.4.
In four games since returning from being benched by coach Fred Hoiberg, Rondo is averaging 6.5 points and 6.0 assists in 22.6 minutes per contest.
Rondo is signed through the 2017-18 season and is scheduled to make just under $14 million next season.