The president-elect’s affinity for hoops is well known. If Barack Obama laced ’em up, I’d peg him as a versatile (read: centrist), smooth-shooting (articulate orator) point guard (soon-to-be commander in chief).
If Obama were playing one-on-one with leaders of rogue nations on the White House’s court on the south lawn, here is how they would stack up:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a trash-talking backup, snipes two steals to offset six turnovers. (Obama 11, I’m-a-dinner-jacket 7)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a backup power forward, will throw elbows in the paint and dive on the floor for loose balls. (O 11, guy with a socialist-green headband 5)
Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin plays stingy defense and is willing to take a charge. (O 11, steel stomach 9)
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, a menacing big man, will hack on breakaway layups. (O 11, warlord 1)
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki air balls free throws. (O 11, puppet leader 0, but that game is like facing the JV)
Whose got next?