Seven-time NBA All-Star and Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh has heard plenty of analysis of his game from sports commentators, but in an exclusive interview at the White House, Bosh offered his own expert critique of President Obama’s jumpshot.
Asked to give the president some pointers during a visit to the White House, Bosh said the president’s problem doesn’t have to do with his shooting form.
“Looks like he's just missing it,” Bosh told “Politics Confidential” after watching a video of the president missing shot after shot at last year’s White House Easter Egg Roll, when the president famously went 2 for 22 during a basketball match-up with some kid-size basketballers.
But Bosh gave Obama credit for being left handed.
“I'm a leftie too, so I got to stand up for the left handed guys,” he said. “The form looks pretty good but you know, sometimes you just go 2 for 22.”
The Miami Heat were honored at the White House on Tuesday for capturing the NBA championship for the second year in a row. Bosh said it was “awesome” to get to hang out with the basketball-loving president during the visit but regretted that there was no time to shoots some hoops.
“It’s really cool,” Bosh said of Obama’s interest in basketball. “The fact that he knows who you are, and he follows basketball, and that he probably watched all the games is pretty awesome.”
Bosh said Obama spent some time to talk with him and his teammates privately on Tuesday, and that he even “poked fun” at some of his teammates.
Bosh is part of a dream team of sorts right now, with the Miami lineup including other NBA giants LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Bosh described his team as “the best … I’ve ever been on” and said the bond between LeBron, Wade, and he will last “forever.”
On the subject of the Heat’s stellar overtime victory in game six against the San Antonio Spurs last year, Bosh remembered the experience of clinching the win as both “awesome” and “stressful.” The Spurs’ victory seemed inevitable with time quickly running out in the game, when Bosh got perhaps one of the greatest rebounds of all time.
Bosh admitted that he thought the game was over before that moment.
“It was, but it wasn't,” he said. “That was kind of just a true test for all of us, because you know we've been in that situation a million times, when fans are leaving. It's like, well, alright, we tried. They brought the yellow rope out and that was kind of traumatizing for us a bit, because we had been on the opposite end of that before.”
The game went into overtime following the Heat’s successful rebound play, and Bosh ultimately clinched the game for his team with a block shot.
“That was pretty awesome,” he said. “I mean, it wasn't fun at the time. I was just so stressed out, and I was just done, and I was so glad that I was just able to make the play and end it.”
As for what comes after his basketball days are done, Bosh confesses that’s he’s not sure what comes next.
“The more I think about it, the less I know,” he said. “Right now, I just concentrate as much as I can on basketball, and maximize that and you know just try to get in to open doors that I can just see what else I like.”
Asked if he’d ever think about running for office, Bosh didn’t exactly rule out the possibility: “I don’t think so, I don’t think so.”
To hear more of the interview with Bosh, including his opinion on how money has changed the nature of basketball in the NBA, check out this episode of “Politics Confidential.”
ABC News’ Alexandra Dukakis, Arlette Saenz, Tom Thornton, Wayne Boyd and Gale Marcus contributed to this episode.
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