Obama told retired National Basketball Association star
Charles Barkley in an interview that aired on Sunday that he was
limiting his basketball playing to about once a month because
"One is, you just get a little older and creakier. The second
thing is, you've got to start thinking about elbows and you
break your nose right before a State of the Union address," the
52-year-old president said in the interview broadcast on the TNT
network before the NBA All-Star Game.
Discussing the aging process during an exchange about his
signature healthcare reform law, Obama said that being past 50,
"you wake up and something hurts and you don't know exactly what
Obama said he was enjoying watching his 12-year-old daughter,
Sasha, play basketball.
When Barkley commented that he struggled watching his own
daughter play because he wanted her "to be really, really good,"
Obama said: "I think it's a difference if you're a Hall of
Famer. You probably have a higher standard than somebody who was
a good high school player."
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; additional reporting by Steve
Holland; editing by Eric Walsh)
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