“He’s confident and competitive. Superstitious and silly. Admits his mistakes. Shares credit. Always in control. That’s Barack Obama on the basketball court, the hardwood hideaway that helped him adjust to a white world as a racially mixed teenager — and now stands as a sweaty platform for his Democratic presidential campaign.”

The story ended with a mixed metaphor on politics and hoops:

“You don’t realize how skinny Obama is until you’re banging against him underneath the rim, his bony hips giving easily to brawnier competitors. But despite his size, Obama took every opportunity to careen recklessly through the lane with his signature move:

Fake right and drive hard to the left.

A political statement? “Nah,” he said with a wan and sweaty smile. “I just love this game.””