in 2008 it seemed like he was shaking off the rust alittle bit. Looks like hes been practicing some the last 4 years.
According to Michael Lewis who got to play in one of the games, pretty much everyone he plays against has played college ball and some were pros overseas. Apparently Obama hangs with them, but is not a standout, but he knows his spacing and he doesn't make mistakes. Also if you if you hold back on Obama, you're not invited back.
The president’s game rotates around several federal courts, but he prefers the F.B.I.’s because it is a bit smaller than a regulation court, which reduces also the advantages of youth. A dozen players were warming up. I recognized Arne Duncan, the former captain of the Harvard basketball team and current secretary of education. Apart from him and a couple of disturbingly large and athletic guys in their 40s, everyone appeared to be roughly 28 years old, roughly six and a half feet tall, and the possessor of a 30-inch vertical leap. It was not a normal pickup basketball game; it was a group of serious basketball players who come together three or four times each week. Obama joins when he can. “How many of you played in college?” I asked the only player even close to my height. “All of us,” he replied cheerfully and said he’d played point guard at Florida State. “Most everyone played pro too—except for the president.” Not in the N.B.A., he added, but in Europe and Asia.