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Barack Obama reveals why he didn’t make the NBA

President Barack Obama plays basketball during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, in 2013. Photograph by Mark Wilson / Getty

The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, is an avid sports fan. Specifically, he’s an NBA enthusiast. So much so that as a kid, he had dreams of playing in the league. However, his lack of athleticism quickly truncated those ambitions.

In an interview for Netflix’s “Working: What We Do All Day,” Obama revealed what he wanted to be growing up. Interestingly, he told adults that he aspired to be an architect. That was merely a cover, though, because his dream job was to play in the NBA. 

As to why he didn’t make it, Obama didn’t mince words.

“As a kid, I’d tell adults that my dream job was to be an architect,” Obama said. “But, secretly I was convinced I’d play in the NBA. I had no hops.”

Obama, who served as president from 2009 to 2017, was never shy about his love for basketball. While in office, he’d often reference basketball metaphors in his speeches. Furthermore, the 61-year-old installed a regulation court at the White House and would regularly invite NBA players to play.

The former president’s basketball career reached its pinnacle in high school, where he played on both the J.V. and varsity teams at Hawaii’s Punahou School in, Honolulu.

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