The Team

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"The Team"


Barack Obama will, of course, be the nation’s first serious NBA fan in the White House. And it seems that Michael Crowley has the real truth about his alleged “team of rivals” — it’s actually a team of ballers:

Jones played forward at Georgetown. Geithner reportedly likes himself a good pickup game. And the Times says Eric Holder was once known, impressively, for his "easy dunk." (Cracks EC: "Not even Janet Reno could do that."

Update: Susan Rice, too! (Sez Ben).

That’s the crux of the matter, but make sure you click through for a solid Stephon Marbury joke. And it seems Janet Napolitano has done some coaching.

A hoops-oriented administration could really redraw the diplomatic map. Traditional US allies like Britain and German aren’t big on basketball. But Spain, whose relations with the United States have been strained ever since Zapatero withdrew Spanish forces from Iraq, has probably the world’s second-best league. And of course rival great powers like Russia and China and important basketball forces. And our entire policy toward Latin America could be reoriented around a partnership with Argentina.

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