President Obama has 'discussed' being an NBA team owner

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Obama has 'discussed' owning an NBA team, press secretary says

Many have wondered what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. Perhaps his love of basketball might be put to good use, according to press secretary Josh Earnest.

Earnest said Wednesday that the president, known for being a huge fan of Chicago sports teams, has "discussed" being part of an ownership group for an NBA franchise and he'd pursue the opportunity "potentially ... under the right circumstances."

The 54-year-old Obama has previously expressed an interest in becoming an NBA owner,telling GQ Magazine in November that he "absolutely" would want to be part of an NBA ownership group.

"I have fantasized about being able to put together a team and how much fun that would be," he said in the interview. "I think it'd be terrific."

We picture Obama being more like Mark Cuban (visible cheerleader who whom the fan base adores), rather than a crusty, old business man. And that's awesome.

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Tim Hardaway, 1996

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Gary Payton, 1990

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Gary Payton, 2013

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Stephon Marbury, 2007

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Damon Stoudamire, 2001

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David Robinson, 1998

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David Robinson, 2015

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Hakeem Olajuwon, 1994

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Dan Majerle, 1993

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Dan Majerle, 2015

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Shawn Kemp, 1996

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Shawn Kemp, 2015

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Penny Hardaway, 1993

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Penny Hardaway, 2015

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Michael Jordan, 1992

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Michael Jordan, 2015

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