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."
Former Kings No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Jimmer Fredette, is back to making buckets.
The sharp-shooter continued his dominance in the Chinese Basketball Association with 73 points Sunday night in the Shanghai Sharks' 135-132 double-overtime loss to the Zhejiang Lions.
Fredette took 49 shots on the night, making 25 of them, and also drained 10 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity strike he went a perfect 13-of-13.
The 73-point night is the fourth-highest scoring game in CBA history.
Fredette, 27, is taking the league by storm. In 36 games played, he is averaging 36.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. And he's connecting on 40.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Sacramento traded Fredette after 41 games in his third season with the Kings where he only averaged 7.0 points points while playing 15.0 minutes per game.
Over five NBA seasons between four teams, Fredette only averaged 6.0 points per contest.
Big men continue to reign supreme in the NBA All-Star Saturday night skills competition.
New York Knicks 7-foot-3 forward Kristaps Porzingis won it, beginning his journey by beating Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and ending it by besting Utah's Gordon Hayward.
Those vanquished in earlier rounds included guards John Wall of Washington and Isaiah Thomas of Boston, both because they couldn't make their initial 3-pointers required to close out the course before Hayward did.
Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic.
Porzingis and Hayward were neck and neck until the end of the course, but Porzingis hit his 3 first to end it.
The three-round, obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.